The Solid Rock Lyrics (My Hope Is Built)

William Bradbury
William Bradbury
Words:Edward Mote
Music:William Bradbury
Key:D major
Time Sig:3/4
Tempo:94 | mid tempo
Meter:L.M. with refrain
CCLI #:5252958
Verse:1 Corinthians 3:11
verse 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.

verse 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.

verse 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.

verse 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.

Words by Edward Mote.
Music by William Bradbury.
CCLI #5252958

The Solid Rock: A Hymn of Unshakable Faith

In a world where the sands of life are constantly shifting beneath our feet, the hymn “The Solid Rock” stands as a beacon of hope and assurance, pointing us to the unwavering foundation we have in Jesus Christ. Written by Edward Mote, a man whose journey from spiritual darkness to unwavering faith is a testament to God’s transformative grace, this beloved hymn has brought comfort and encouragement to generations of believers.

From Godless Streets to Sacred Stanzas

Born in 1797 to pub-owning parents in London, Edward Mote grew up without any knowledge of the Bible or the love of Christ. But God had a plan for this young man, and through the faithful witness of his employer and the passionate preaching of John Hyatt, Mote encountered the life-changing power of the gospel. His newfound faith would not only transform his own life but would also inspire him to pen words that would touch countless hearts.

A Hymn Born in the Heart

One morning in 1834, as Mote walked to his workshop, the words of a chorus sprang to his mind: “On Christ the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.” By day’s end, he had written four verses of what would become “The Solid Rock.” Mote’s lyrics, rooted in the parable of the wise and foolish builders (Matthew 7:24-27), powerfully convey the unshakable security we have when we build our lives on Christ.

Lyrics That Anchor the Soul

The opening lines of the hymn declare, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” These words remind us that our eternal hope is not founded on our own merits or the fleeting pleasures of this world, but solely on the finished work of Christ on the cross. As the hymn progresses, it acknowledges the storms and trials we face in life, but assures us that in Christ, we have an anchor that holds fast, a firm foundation that cannot be moved.

A Legacy of Unwavering Faith

Edward Mote’s life, much like his hymn, was a testament to the sustaining power of God’s grace. As a Baptist preacher, he faithfully served his congregation for 21 years, never missing a single Sunday. Even in his final days, as he faced illness and the approach of death, Mote’s faith remained steadfast. His words, “The truths I have preached I am now living upon, and they will do to die upon,” echo the message of “The Solid Rock” – that in Christ alone, we have a hope that endures.
As we sing this timeless hymn, may we be reminded of the unshakable foundation we have in Jesus. Let us, like Edward Mote, build our lives upon the solid rock of Christ, trusting in His blood and righteousness alone. For in a world of sinking sand, He is our anchor, our hope, and our eternal security.

Read  the full hymn history behind The Solid Rock.

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