Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My solid rock

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Recent events have led me to sorrow, and as i drove home today in the dark depressing and constant rain, i remembered this song, that sings of Christ, the Solid Rock upon which i stand. And i'm reminded of grace, and how glad i am to have a Rock to stand on, to have something to believe in and to live a life based on it, something to take and make a stand on, because all other ground, is sinking sand. 

Edward Mote, a pastor and hymn writer, penned his most famous work 'My Hope is Built on Nothing Less' which is best known for the refrain 'On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand'. He was well liked by his congregation in Horsham and they offered him the church building as a gift. Mote replied "I do not want the chapel, I only want the pulpit; and when I cease to preach Christ, then turn me out of that." Just prior to his death, he said: "The truths I have been preaching, I am now living upon, and they do very well to die upon."

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

'On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.'

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

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.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.


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