Hymn writer (lyrics): Fanny J. Crosby
Music composer: Mrs. J.F. Knapp
Notes: Frances (Fanny) Crosby, one of the most published hymn writers in history, also wrote Praise Him! Praise Him!
By Faith in God
The Book of Hebrews, chapter 6, is called the "faith" chapter of the Bible. This section of Scriptures gives us a very basic definition of faith.
1. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Why is faith in God so important to the life of a believer? It is because without it NO ONE can please the Eternal. It is necessary for those who come to the great God to have faith he not only exists but that he will reward those who dilegently look for him.
6. Now without faith it is impossible to please God. For it is mandatory for the one who comes to God to believe that He exists, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
What did faith motivate people in the Bible to do? According to the apostle Paul in the book of Hebrews, it moved Noah to build the ark even though it would not be needed until one hundred and twenty years after its construction started. As a result of his actions God considered him righteous.
7. By faith Noah, after being divinely instructed by God about the things he could not yet see, was moved with fear and prepared an ark for the salvation of his house; through which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith (verse 7).
Faith moved Abraham and Sarah to travel to and live in a land not their own and to raise a family in spite of Sarah's advanced age.
8. By faith Abraham, being called of God to go out into the place which he would later receive for an inheritance, obeyed and went, not knowing where he was going. 9. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, like a foreigner, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the joint heirs of the same promise; 10. For he was waiting for the city with the foundations of which God is the Architect and Builder.
11. By faith also Sarah herself received power to conceive seed, and gave birth when she was well beyond the childbearing age because she esteemed Him faithful Who had personally promised her a son.