Day 3

My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less

from the Worthy of Praise reading plan

Deuteronomy 32:1-4, Matthew 7:24-29, 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

BY Raechel Myers

Text: Deuteronomy 32:1-4, Matthew 7:24-29, 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

Edward Mote wrote just one hymn in his lifetime. From what we know of his life, “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less” was just as much an anthem of his own testimony as it has become for believers all over the world.

Having grown up knowing nothing of God or His existence, Mote first attended church and became a Christian as a young adult. While still a new believer, he was compelled to try his hand at hymn writing. Thus, Mote wrote from a basic, yet profound understanding of his salvation.

Later that same week, he visited a married couple at the wife’s sickbed. Without a hymnal handy to lead them in a song of worship, Mote produced a folded-up piece of paper upon which he had worked out four verses and a chorus. Together, they sang the hymn now known as “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less” for the first time, blessed by the truths of God’s Word in the lyrics.   

Twenty years later, as a Baptist minister, Mote was instrumental in securing a building for his congregation. As a show of thanks, the congregants offered to put the deed in his name, but Mote refused, saying, “I do not want the chapel. I only want the pulpit; and when I cease to preach Christ, then turn me out of that!” (Dough 72). Mote understood the profound simplicity of what remains secure and what will always be slipping away.

Christ is the sole means of our salvation. Our hope is truly built on nothing less than Jesus.

My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
Edward Mote; William B. Bradbury

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. [Refrain]

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]

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]


Dough, Whitney J. The Hymnwriters: Our Unknown Friends: A Biographical Guide to British and American Sacred Song. Franklin, TN: Providence House Publishers, 1995.

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146 thoughts on "My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less"

  1. Kimberly Z says:

    Happy Wednesday she’s! Praying for all of your requests. I agree I love the “Firm Foundation” song. @NICOLE BURKE – Praying harvest goes well for you and all the families around you! I’m dating a farmer and “farm wife” duties seem overwhelming to me so props to you! @TERESA DONLEY – praying you feel better soon. Glad it’s just a tuma thing.

  2. Sue Dalos says:

    SHARON, JERSEY GIRL, yes I remember singing that song in Sunday school. Thank you for the memory.

  3. CEE GEE says:

    TERESA DONLEY – WOW! Thankful it was nothing serious and no lasting ill effects. Oddly, a blessing that it made you aware something was wrong before it did do permanent damage. Thanks so much for the update and continued prayers for cleansing those kidneys! All of you ladies have a special place in my heart and prayers, too!

    SHARON, I remember that children’s song, too, but haven’t thought of it in years! Thanks for the smile!

  4. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    Sharon, I remember that song and the motions that went with it. Haha. So sweet of a memory!

  5. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    I love this song! I recall singing it when I was younger and still remember the words now.
    Thank goodness we have a SOLID ROCK to stand on!
    Thank you everyone for the prayers for my prodigal children and for my grandson Robby. I am continuing to keep your requests and prayer. Have a beautiful Wednesday ladies. It is 4 PM here and I just woke up from sleeping because I work the night shift. I am going back to work right now. Blessings to you.

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