This song is almost a tie for 1st place when compared to “Great is Thy Faithfulness” but the first one won simply because we sang it at our wedding. 🙂
I first encountered this song when I was young, but never paid much attention to it. It was just something we sang in church once or twice a year.
The song came back into my life when I found it on a CD that I had purchased. It was 1999 and I had just purchased a grocery store, (which I have yet to write about. It’s coming…honest.)
Anyway…for a 21-year-old with no experience in the business (and being young and stupid), it was an overwhelming time in my life. Other than the grocery store and all the challenges that came with that, a series of other events took place in my personal life around this time and I found myself feeling completely alone.
Sure, I had plenty of people around me, but at the same time, I felt alone – Very alone.
I recall driving in my truck and listening to this song. I began to ponder the words each time I heard it and eventually I realized that I wasn’t alone at all. I had everything I needed.
It was through this song that I realized that my hope wasn’t dependent upon what was happening in my life, it wasn’t dependent on the success of my personal life or a perfect financial position. This song gave me a tremendous sense of peace in an otherwise stressful and lonely time in my life.
If you have never heard the song before, listen to the video below and ponder the lyrics. Once it sinks into your head and your heart, you will realize that our hope is not built upon things around us, the people around us or anything else in the natural world.
Our hope is built on an eternal, unchanging, all-powerful and compassionate God, who showed His love for us by sending Jesus. And, whether we die in Christ or we’re fortunate enough to see His return, we have hope!!!
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.
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.