Building on the Rock

On the solid rock I am building

Author: David E. Dortch
Tune: [On the solid Rock I am building]
Published in 10 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 On the solid Rock I am building,
And my home will surely stand the storm;
Tho’ the tempest rage fierce and madly,
All is safe, for it can do no harm.

On the solid Rock is my building sure,
Tho’ the tempest shock, still it is secure.
On the solid Rock I am building,
And my house will surely stand the storm.

2 On the solid Rock I am building,
Precious stones, gold, silver, may all be
That I place each day in the temple,
I am building for eternity. [Refrain]

3 On the solid Rock I am building,
Wood and hay and stubble will not stand
For the fires of God will destroy them,
His approval they can ne’er command. [Refrain]

4 On the solid Rock I am building,
And my work will surely there abide;
Then the Lord will say, Faithful servant,
A reward awaits you by my side. [Refrain]

5 O my brother, where are you building,
Is your house upon the Rock, or sand?
When the winds and waves beat upon it,
Will it fall in wreck, or will it stand? [Refrain]

Source: Crowning Day No. 3 #55

Author: David E. Dortch

Born: March 5, 1851, The­ta, Ten­nes­see. Died: No­vem­ber 9/11, 1928, Ten­nes­see. Buried: Rose Hill Cem­e­te­ry, Co­lum­bia, Ten­nes­see. Dortch was teach­ing mu­sic in Mau­ry, Ten­ness­ee, in 1880, and was work­ing as an evan­gel­ist by 1886. His works in­clude: Tid­ings of Joy (Co­lum­bia, Ten­nes­see: 1878) National Tid­ings of Joy (Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see: Na­tion­al Bap­tist Con­ven­tion of Amer­i­ca, 1878) Gospel Mel­o­dies, with Will­iam Dale & Charles Pol­lock (Nash­ville, Ten­nes­see: Cum­ber­land Pres­by­ter­ian Pub­lish­ing House, 1890) Spirit and Life, with Ed­mund Lo­renz (Day­ton, Ohio: Chris­tian Pub­lish­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, 1893)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: On the solid rock I am building
Title: Building on the Rock
Author: David E. Dortch
Language: English
Refrain First Line: On the solid Rock is my building sure
Copyright: Public Domain



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