My Hope Is Built On Nothing Else / On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand History
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less or On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand is the best-known hymn of Edward Mote who wrote it in 1834. The original title of this hymn was, "The Immutable Basis for a Sinner's Hope".
Edward Mote was the pastor of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Horsham West Sussex in the United Kingdom.
It looks as if the inspiration for this hymn came from Christ parable of the wise and foolish builders. In the parable, Christ speaks of the foolish builder who built his house on sinking sand while the wise builder built his on solid rock. As you would imagine a storm easily swept away the one built on sand.
|Edward Mote - On Christ the Solid Rock|
Christ is the solid rock upon which we can build our house of faith. Any other foundation is like one on sand and will ultimately fail.
On the authorship of this song Mr. Mote's explanation, communicated to the Gospel Herald, is:—
"One morning it came into my mind as I went to labor, to write a hymn on the ‘Gracious Experience of a Christian.' As I went up Holborn I had the chorus,
‘On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand.’
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less Lyrics
Below are the lyrics of this popular hymn:
1 My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand,
all other ground is sinking sand.
2 When darkness veils his lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
in every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]
3 His oath, his covenant, his blood
support me in the whelming flood;
when all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]
4 When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in Him be found,
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne. [Refrain]
The video below is of a rendition of this beautiful hymn.
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