Words & Music by: R. Kelson Carter(1849-1928)

  “Standing on the Promises” was written and composed, in 1886, while Russell Carter was serving as a professor in the Pennsylvania Military Academy, a school in which he had been a member of the first graduating class. The rhythmic martial tone of the hymn’s music possibly reflects Mr. Carter’s military academy experience 

       A believer’s stability for this life as well as his confidence for eternity rests solely on the written promises of God’s Word. 

       It is this reminder of a Christian’s daily dependence upon the promises of God that has made this straight-forward, rhythmical gospel hymn a favorite with God’s people for the past century.

In 1886, Russell Carter wrote “Standing on the Promises”. Although a Christian most of his life, it wasn't until Carter experienced a deadly condition with his heart that he began to understand the power of the Bible’s promises.   At age 30, his health was in crisis and the physicians could not help him anymore. Carter asked God for help.

He knelt and made a fresh pledge of His love for God, no matter what happened.  From that moment on Carter began to hold onto the Bible’s promises, determined to believe; no matter what his physical condition, no matter how he felt.  Over the next months his strength returned, and his heart was completely cured! Carter lived another healthy 49 years.

The hymn Carter had written years before his miracle, became more than words and music to him. “Standing on the Promises” became an integral part of his life and that is the story of the song we all know.



Hymns of Glorious Praise, Springfield, Missouri:  Gospel Publishing House, 1969.

 R. Kelson Carter(1849-1928)

LYRICS:  Standing on the Promises 

  • Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
    Thro' eternal ages let His praises ring,
    Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
    Standing on the promises of God. 

Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Saviour;
Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.

  • Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
    When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
    By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  • Standing on the promises I now can see
    Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
    Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  • Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
    Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
    Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  • Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
    List’ning ev'ry moment to the Spirit’s call,
    Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
    Standing on the promises of God.