353. My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

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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 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. [Refrain]

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. [Refrain]

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. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: My hope is built on nothing less
Title: My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
Author: Edward Mote (1834 c., alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM with refrain
Scripture: Psalm 40:2; Psalm 125:1; Isaiah 61:10; Matthew 7:24-28; Matthew 14:22-23; Matthew 24:31; Mark 6:45-52; Luke 6:46-49; John 6:16-21; Acts 4:11-12; Romans 5:1-5; 1 Corinthians 3:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 6:17-19; 1 Peter 3:15; Revelation 19:8
Topic: Atonement; Christ's Return and Judgment; Grace (3 more...)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand
Tune Information
Composer: William Batchelder Bradbury (1863, alt.)
Meter: LM with refrain
Key: F Major or modal

Text Information:

This hymn develops the imagery of Jesus’ remark (Matthew 7:24–27/Luke 6:47–49) that those who believe in him and act on that belief are like someone who builds a house on a rock. The text is set to a tune created for it by a prolific 19th-century American composer and editor.

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