Music Monday: Our Immovable Hope

It’s a good day to do another Monday Music post here on the Reformed Reader. Today I’d like to share a great hymn from Augustus Toplady. It’s Hymn X (10) from volume six of his Works. Notice all the Scripture allusions in it!

1 Immovable our hope remains,
Within the veil our anchor lies;
Jesus, who washed us from our stains,
Shall bear us safely to the skies.

2 Strong in his strength, we boldly say,
‘For us Immanuel shed his blood;
Who then shall tear our shield away,
Or part us from the love of God?’

3 ‘Can tribulation or distress,
Or persecutions, fiery sword?
Can Satan rob us of our peace,
Or prove too mighty for the Lord?’

4 Founded on Christ, secure we stand,
Sealed with his Spirit’s inward seal;
We soon shall gain the promised land,
Triumphant o’er the pow’rs of hell.

5 The winds may roar, the floods may beat;
And rain, impetuous, descend;
Yet will he not his own forget,
But love and save them to the end.

6 Jesus acquits, and who condemns?
Cease, Satan, from your fruitless strife:
Your malice cannot reach our names,
To blot them from the book of life.

7 This is eternal life to know;
God and the Lamb for sinners giv’n;
Nor will the Savior let us go,
His ransomed citizens of heaven.

8 Us to redeem his life he paid,
And will he not his purchase have?
Who can behold Immanuel bleed,
And doubt his willingness to save?

9 Surely the Son has made us free,
Who earth, and heav’n, and hell commands;
Our cause of triumph this—that we
Are graven on the Savior’s hands.

10 To him who washed us in his blood,
And lifts fallen men to heav’n,
Who reconciles his sheep to God,
Be everlasting glory given.

Augustus Toplady, The Works of Augustus Toplady, vol 6, p. 350.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015

3 Replies to “Music Monday: Our Immovable Hope”

  1. I clicked on lots of your highlighted links and cannot find the music itself except for some modern sovereign grace music where they’ve changed the lyrics substantially. Do you have any ideas on finding this music? I also looked at the book reference and it was a lot of letters that top lady wrote but not the actual music itself for this song. Perhaps I misunderstanding what the “was but I thought that you had listed the original lyrics but let me know if I’m wrong

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    1. Hey Lauren, thanks for the comment. I’m not sure if we have the music score for this hymn by Toplady. It is found in volume 6 of his works, and it’s on page 350. It’s called “Hymn X” in the book. It’s possible that Toplady wrote the hymn/poem and it was never put to music. Having said that, I’m guessing some existing tune might fit it!


      1. Thank you I will try to find exactly which hymn and thank you for the page reference… I searched on YouTube and looked up him number 10 but maybe if I used the Roman numeral it would be better but thank you for explaining a little bit more and I’ll try to search it out and if I find it I’ll send it to you but you’re right it may have never been put to music…


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