Saturday, September 19, 2009

My Hope

"On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand.’ These are the words that came to the heart and mind of a man named Edward Mote while on his way to his job as a cabinetmaker. During the day, the stanzas came to him. I know many of us have said it many times, but it's almost as if many of these hymns were inspired by God. So many of these writers were men and women whose relationship with the Lord was so close, and they knew the Word of God so well, that these biblical expressions just poured forth out of them like water bursting out of an overflowing reservoir. Oh, that I could be filled with love for the Savior and His Word in a way that comes close to that of these old saints. If only I had fewer distractions keeping me from a heart of dedication like the hearts of many who have gone before. Praise the Lord for these old saints, though. They have left us a heritage. I only hope we will treasure its value as we should.

How biblical is that: our only hope is nothing less than Jesus Christ and His blood and righteousness? We may get a bit bent out of shape over the condition of the world that we live in, but those of us who have Christ have the one hope for this life and the next. May we glory in that.

He alone is my Hope. Is He yours also? I have no righteousness of my own, but am covered in His. Are you?

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.

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.

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

~ Edward Mote 1797-1874


Susan said...

"All other ground is sinking sand." Surely this was never more true than the current world we now find ourselves in. BUT, He is the solid rock and He is the same yesterday, today and forever and therein lies our hope and faith.

Tammy @ Cappuccino Confessions said...

Oh, bless you for sharing this today! It's just what my wearied heart needed to be refreshed and to regain my perspective!

Sandra said...

"When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the Rock."

I pray we lead many others to that Rock in these last days.


Joyfulsister said...

HI Sis,
The answer is yes yopu may linger in the room of hope, I'll be there lingering too lol. I'll have a warm cup of tea, a soft lap quilt for you near the warmth of the fireplace and Jesus will mininster to the both of us.

Hugz Lorie


I love that old song. It has given my heart peace many times down through the years. It says what my heart is feeling and knowing to be true. We have no need to fear because we have Jesus in our boat. love ya, connie

Susan Skitt said...

Christ's righteousness alone! Covered, cleansed, secure! Amen and thanks be to God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!!

diana said...

i love some of the old hymns. i grew up with them and some times a few lines will pop into my mind. some of them, like the old rugged cross, will bring back floods of memories of my grandmother playing her organ and singing the lyrics. they will always have a special place in my heart.

thanks for sharing this hymn and bringing back the memories.