Solid Rock

Like the author of the hymn, “Solid Rock,” I did not grow up in a genuinely Christian home.   I have heard this hymn in church before and no doubt sung it more as one who failed to understand the depth of its meaning.  Today, however, the words and their personal application struck me in such a meaningful way.  Now, like other hymns of the faith and Scripture passages, I hear myself saying, “This is true!  I have lived this!  I know it…I know Him to be True, Faithful and Good!”  When cancer, death, bankruptcy, separation from my wife and uncertainty about the future “seemed to hide his face, I rest on His unchanging grace.  In every high and stormy gale. my anchor holds within the veil.  On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”  Hear & read the words of one who knew a difficult journey…

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.

When darkness veils His lovely 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.

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

– Edward Mote

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