The Story Behind Standing on the Promises
Russell Kelso Carter (1849-1928) was a man of varied passions and abilities. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Carter was known as an excellent athlete in his youth. The Methodist Holiness camp had a deep impact upon his life and he was appointed into the ministry in 1887.
Carter occupied various teaching posts at the Pennsylvania Military Academy including professor of chemistry, natural science, civil engineering, and mathematics. He not only taught but also published textbooks in his different disciplines and even wrote several novels. Further interests included sheep-raising and practicing medicine.
“Standing on the Promises” was composed in 1886 while Carter taught at the military academy. He was a member of the first graduating class in 1867 and had a powerful affection for the school. Author Phil Kerr makes a correlation between the music and the military academy in his book, Music in Evangelism, saying that Carter’s military experience was reflected in the martial musical style of the hymn.
Popular Hymn Lyrics with Story and Meaning
Day by Day and With Each Passing Moment
Jesus Loves Me
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Nearer My God to Thee
Abide with Me
His Eye is On the Sparrow
Be Thou My Vision
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty