On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

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This hymn, "On Christ, the Solid Rock I Stand" is also known as "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less" which is the beginning of the first stanza. "On Christ, the Solid Rock I Stand" is the beginning of the refrain of this Christian hymn written by Edward Mote in 1834. Read the full lyrics of this song and the story of its author below!

Also known as "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less"

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 In every rough and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the vale.
When all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay. [Refrain]

3 Not earth, nor hell, my soul can move;
I rest upon unchanging love.
I trust his righteous character,
his counsel, promise, and his power. [Refrain]

4 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. [Refrain]

Songwriters Edward Mote Published by Public Domain

The Story Behind On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

Debbie McDaniel wrote an amazing article about this hymn on Crosswalk.com, saying, "There are lots of opinions and voices are out there for sure. Sometimes we just need to turn it all off and listen to the One voice who matters most.

That's what Pastor Mote did. As a young boy, he grew up neglected, spending much of his time on the streets while his parents managed a pub in London. He said of his younger days, "So ignorant was I that I did not know there was a God."  But at age 18 he heard God's Word and it changed his heart - his life. He was baptized and went on to lead a long, successful career as a cabinet maker. He wrote this song on his walk to work one day. Strong, faith-filled words that came from the heart of one sold out soul living boldly for Christ. At age 55, Mr. Mote became pastor of a small Baptist church, and it's reported that he never missed a Sunday in the pulpit for the next 21 yrs. He left this world for his heavenly home at age 77, leaving his mark in this world through songs inspired by the heart of God."

According to Hymnary.org,

"My hope is built on nothing less" is sometimes in 4 stanzas, and others in 5, and usually without the refrain. The original in the author's Hymns of Praise, 1836, is No. 465, and entitled, "The immutable Basis of a Sinner's hope." Bishop Bickersteth calls it a "grand hymn of faith." It dates circa 1834 and is in extensive use.

Bible references:

Psalm 62:6 ~ "He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken."

1 Corinthians 10:1-4 ~ "For I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ."

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