On Christ the Solid Rock
Friday - January 7th
Scripture to Read Today: Ephesians 1:1-3
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ..
"My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less" or "On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand" is the best-known hymn of Edward Mote. Mote served as the pastor of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Horsham West Sussex in the United Kingdom when he wrote the song in 1834. The original title of this hymn was "The Immutable Basis for a Sinner's Hope."
Mote told a Christian periodical of his day how the hymn came to be. "One morning, it filled my mind as I went to write a hymn on the gracious experience of man or woman in Christ."
The core inspiration for Mote's hymn came from Christ's parable of the wise and foolish builders (Matthew 7:24-27). Christ speaks of the foolish builder who built his house on sinking sand while the wise builder built his on solid rock in the parable. As you would imagine, a storm quickly swept away the one built on sand. However, the one built on rock stood through the storm. Christ is the solid rock upon which we can build our house of faith. Any other foundation is like the one on sand and will ultimately fail.
The Book of Ephesians provides the theological background on why Christ is our solid rock. Nine times in the opening fourteen verses of the first chapter, we read some form of "in Christ." What Christ accomplished for us in His crucifixion and resurrection secured our eternal standing before God forever.
In Christ, we are safe and secure. No storm of life can ever move us.
Read the lyrics to Mote's "On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand." Then, enjoy the video below the lyrics. Let this precious hymn remind you of your security in Jesus!
On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand
by Edward Mote
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.
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]
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]
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]