My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less

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

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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  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.

  6. Teresa Donley says:

    This is a fantastic study! Not only am I being reminded of singing these songs in church, but can then remember the people and the Spirit that filled that church. I’m singing “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” in my head now. I think one of the reasons these old hymns mean so much, is that they were written by songwriters based on their personal experience. And they speak to our own experiences as well. I, too, remember the “Rains Came Tumbling Down” children’s song. Kids of later generations truly miss out by not having some of those wonderful children’s Sunday School songs.
    I am praying for each and every request as I come to them, and then through the day and night. You’re all special and dear, and it is a privilege to pray with and for you.

  7. Teresa Donley says:

    I entered an update, but when I hit post, it disappeared. Maybe it will show up later. Here’s a shorter version: I took too many Tums over the last week or so. That can make you sick, including an acute kidney injury. Treatment is to wash it out of your system with lots of fluid. After several hours of giant amounts of fluid, I’m feeling better. It will take a few days for my kidneys to get back to normal, and thankfully, there was no permanent damage done. Thank you so very much to all of you who have been praying for me. I felt the support and God’s Presence.

  8. Teresa Donley says:

    Hi She’s! Many, many thanks to all of you have been praying for me. After many, many hours in the emergency department, it was decided that I had taken too many Tums over the past week or so. I had no idea that could make you so sick, including kidney failure. The only treatment is lots and lots of fluids. After that, I am feeling much better, but have a ways to go before my kidneys are back to normal. Thankfully, no lasting damage done.

  9. Cee Gee says:

    MOLLY R – You are so welcome! It makes my heart smile to know the music was so enjoyed! I am so sorry the bugs are still with you and join in your prayer for a good night of rest for all of you! We have had sickness in our house for about19 days. So far, by God’s grace, I have escaped it, but keeping things sprayed/wiped down and sleeping on the couch is wearing me down. So I kinda hear ya!

    NICOLE BURKE- prayers for all the farming families and sending thanks and appreciation for all the hard work!!!

    GRAMIESUE – Praying for Brooks! Thanks for the update on Nahla and continued prayers for her and her family.

    MERCY- I pray that the IT guy found the culprit and is taking care of that issue. I can understand being creeped out by that!

  10. Nicole Burke says:

    I’m really enjoying this study with you all! Praying through all of your requests! We are starting Harvest today for our corn and soybeans! Prayers for any other fellow Farm Wives! It’s a very challenging, exhausting season to go through, especially taking care of kids on your own! May we remember Jesus is our Hope and Firm Foundation no matter the struggles!

  11. Cindy Hanna says:

    I noticed that we are once again talking about foundations. I was drawn to the list in 1 Corinthians 3:12 -15. “If anyone builds on the foundation (of Jesus Christ.) with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, each one’s work will become obvious. For the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will experience loss, but he himself will be saved – but only as through fire.”

    I started to think about that list and realized that NOTHING on that list would survive fire. Gold and silver would melt away. Costly stones would explode! Wood, hay, and straw would be utterly consumed.

    Only loving and following Jesus will pass the building requirement. The psalmist Edward Mote understood that perfectly. What an inspiration!

  12. Rhonda J. says:

    Good Morning! I know it! Like Michelle said, we sing the version Firm Foundation in church! It’s one of my favorites. I guess I don’t view it as an “old hymn” because it was in 95? That’s fairly new, lol!

    I love the lyrics! We must stand on a firm foundation, because we know the winds are going to blow! The hardships will come, we will be shaken, torn and battered, or left barely standing…But God, He uses our storms for His good, for all who love him, good! On Christ’s solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand! Oh to remember that. I think my stubborn head has finally got it. I don’t know what is to come, but I would rather face it with my Lord and Savior then on my own. “On our own” always turns worse although it may not seem like it in the beginning, sin is tricky like that!

    Prayers for all you beautiful She’s and the requests. I am so thankful we have a God that hears our prayers, that we can come to Him anywhere, anytime. In Jesus name! The only way, the truth and light.
    I have prayer ministry today, I am praying for this light to touch them in the dark. I can imagine they miss their family and friends, and are really seeking truth. Jesus can come to you anywhere, and I pray they will find strength and comfort in Him.

    @Teresa–Hope you are okay. Prayers for you sweet sister!

  13. Molly R says:

    CEE GEE – thank you for the recommendation for “Pam’s Piano!” Somedays I love a good, upbeat worship set to get work done around the house, but somedays I love a good instrumental/piano playlist in the background and today, with the rain coming down and my little family recovering from various colds/viruses, her “sacred” playlist is so peaceful.

    SHARON, JERSEY GIRL – I remember that Sunday School song!!! And, I too, have recognized every hymn so far. Wish my kids would have similar memories, so I am doing my best to introduce them to the old hymns and sunday school songs.

  14. Molly R says:

    Like many others, I grew up going to a small church filled with family and old hymns. I love the memories that come flooding back, and also the reminder of the legacy of faith all around me. This morning while I was reading I remembered that my Aunt was able to get one of the old hymnals from that very church (that closed its doors in 2022), and I sat with it and my Bible wrapped in the Bible cover my grandmother used to keep hers in. Though the days are gone of listening to all the voices mingling together in these wonderful hymns, the shared faith is comforting.
    Thank you for the prayers for my family’s health….and keep them coming! I was in bed for the last 24 hours with a nasty stomach bug and am finally up on my feet and feeling very weakened. Thankful for a lifestyle of homeschooling that allows us to adapt to life and take the time we need to get well. Praying we can all get a solid night of rest and healing.
    I’m praying for the many needs that I read here. Thankful for you all and the mornings with you.

  15. Cheryl Blow says:

    I love this old hymn! It is so true! Christ is our firm foundation! Where would we be without Christ?! Truly humbles me and brings me to tears. Makes me long for Heaven v

  16. Lynne from Alabama says:

    Good morning, sweet SRT sisters! I wanted to comment yesterday but had to rush off to a doctor appointment for Jack and didn’t have time. I love the old hymns so much! They remind me of my home church. The one from day two (Wonderful Grace of Jesus) was not one we sang at my church but I knew it because I sang in a Billy Graham crusade choir once and we sang that song. Precious memories! I love praise and worship music but it makes me sad that the generation of today doesn’t even know these old hymns.

    TERESA DONLEY—prayers that they will give you a diagnosis and treatment plan sooner than later. I’m so sorry you are going through this!

    TRICIA CAVENAUGH—prayers for your children to come to know the Lord and for God’s protection against bullies for Robby.

    ADRIENNE—continued prayers for Leo. Thank you for the Caringbridge info. I’ll check it out.

    LINDA K—prayers for your sciatic pain.

    RHONDA J—prayers for relief from your chronic pain and prayers for protection of Braden and Riley.

    MERCY—continued prayers for your weird tech issues at work and for that much-deserved raise.

    LAURA and ALEIDA—prayers for your daughter and for Victor. I have a dear friend who is going through the same thing with her son as you are, Laura. She is heartbroken.

    Please continue to pray for my friend Gina. I was able to talk to her over the weekend and she has a great spirit about all this. She found out yesterday that the cancer is also in both of her lungs. She is having surgery on Friday. She has a long road ahead of her.

    Love you all and thank you for your prayers! I am praying for all of you!

  17. Mari V says:

    “All other ground is sinking sand“ Glad to be here with all of you, holding one another up. Happy Wednesday sweet She’s.

  18. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    Another beautiful hymn to remember – so far they have all reminded me of the little church I grew up in all those years ago!…Whenever I read Matthew 7:24-29 it instantly reminds me of the children’s song I sung growing up – “The wise-man built his house upon the rock (repeat 3xs), and the rains came tumbling down! The rains came down as the floods came up (repeat 3xs), and the house on the rock stood firm! The foolish man built his house upon the sand (repeat 3xs), and the rains came tumbling down! The rains came down as the floods came up (repeat 3xs), and the house on the sand went kerplop! (with a loud clap!)…anyone else remember this song?

    So thankful and blessed to know that Jesus is the rock of my salvation – that’s where my hope lies. When the storms and rains come, I can stand firm because Jesus is my firm foundation, all other ground IS sinking sand!

    Father God, may the world recognize that they need You. They need a firm, unmovable rock to stand upon. This world and everything in it is shaky, unsettled, ready to fall. Open the eyes of the lost show them who You are, call them to salvation, plant their feet on the Rock, Christ Jesus. In Jesus name.

    @Laura – I will continue to pray for your daughter, and @Aleida for your son Victor and for all the other prodigals represented here – including my own two sons.
    @Adrienne – praying for Leo! What a terrible accident to have happen, and right before starting college. Praise God he is improving! I will continue to pray for him, please keep us updated.

    Happy Wednesday my sisters!

  19. GramsieSue says:

    Praying for all requests. Yes, the book “Praying Scriptures over your adult children” is one I have used over and over. I also use the one for “Your children” for my grandchildren now. And someone suggested “Praying for your Husband from Head to Toe” a while back and I use it as well.
    Nahla is doing well. The new liver is working. Praise God.
    Another request for Lauren W. A dear friend of my daughters’. Her son, Brooks, is 14 months old with many health problems (born very premature, on a trache, must have 24/7 nursing care at home…) and was just taken off Medicaid. They are trying to get another insurance carrier or back on Medicaid because without it they can’t get the nursing care he needs. So prayers that everything falls into place for him.
    Hugs to all today. ❤️

  20. Cee Gee says:

    Love your comments and memories you all have shared! This hymn is more familiar to me than the other 2. I have heard#2 before, but don’t remember ever singing it in church. I don’t remember hearing the first one before this study and I couldn’t really get into the style (even after listening to several versions). THEN!!! I listened to Pam’s Piano version on YouTube and that is the one that got stuck in my head, ADRIENNE! Absolutely beautiful, peaceful, and comforting! She has can extensive playlist – instrumental and I encourage y’all to check her out! LAURA, I was prompted to mention this since you are inspired to dust off your piano! It certainly made me want to do that!

    Psalm 97:2- Dark clouds surround him.
    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

    Proverbs 10:25- When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away,but the godly have a lasting foundation.

    Isaiah 28:16-
    Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
    Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem,
    a firm and tested stone.
    It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on.

    1 Corinthians 3: 10-11-
    Whoever believes need never be shaken.
    Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have— Jesus Christ.


    Lifting all in prayer (ROBBY, LEO, TERESA DONLEY – most urgent)!

  21. Michelle Patire says:

    Yes! I recognize this song because of the version called “Cornerstone” – lol. It definitely has ministered to me and I’ve even spent time meditating on each verse. I can see how each verse can minister to us… That’s how you know a song is a gem IMO :) thankful for the backstory.

    @Teresa Donley- thinking of you this morning. Praying God give you rest and peace in His presence. He is with you, always. He sees you. <3

  22. Adrienne says:

    I wish I could go in and edit my comments. I hate it when I don’t have a SET of parentheses. (I’ve got issues… I know! )

  23. Laura says:

    Such a great hymn. It inspires me to dust off the old hymnal and play it today on a piano I haven’t touched in years!
    This part: 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.

    I was so discouraged yesterday and felt like my hope in the Lord, which is usually strong, was no where to be found.I took a long walk in the woods and basically pleaded with God to do something, show up in some way, give me a glimmer of hope so I could keep going. Nothing supernatural happened (haha) but last night, with my dear Bible Study girls and now this morning with all of you, I feel so lifted up and encouraged to keep going on. Nothing is impossible with God. Even though my situation seems impossible, I know it isn’t. Thank you all for your consistent prayers for my family. Knowing that you are praying for me encourages my heart and gives me the strength to not lose hope.

    I’m not good at listing them out like some of you, (which is so encouraging, so please continue!) but I do pray for those requests mentioned here.

    SHARON (JERSEY GIRL) I ordered the book you suggested. Thank you.

  24. Adrienne says:

    I have always loved this hymn, and “One Hit Wonder” (KELLY NEO and KRISTINE LOUGHMAN)… is so funny! I think of that with secular music, but it is true here too… Heeheehee!) This one will be stuck in my head all day. (“Love That Will Not Let Me Go” was stuck in my head for two days b/c I didn’t know yesterday’s). Let us always remember, sweet She’s, that our hope is built on nothing less than His blood and righteousness! Have a Christ-filled day, loved ones!

  25. Searching says:

    Another hymn that takes me back (I’m 2-1 on recognition) to my childhood, the mostly elderly group gathered on the platform (probably my age now or younger!) singing to the Lord. I doubt there was ever a “choir” practice in the little church, just hearts and voices joining in praise.

    Truly, if we build any part of our lives on anything other than Jesus Christ it won’t hold up in the long run. He is the ONLY firm foundation and we can ALWAYS depend on Him, clinging tightly in the good times and especially in the tough ones.

    TERESA DONLEY – praying! Please update when you can.

    ADRIENNE – thank you for the caring bridge info on Leo

    TRICIA CAVANAUGH – praying for Robby! For protection from the bullies, that a teacher would see and address the issues, that the bullies’ hearts would be convicted and their behavior would stop. Makes me wonder what their home lives are like …

    DAWN PRENATT – praying for your husband’s salvation

    Note to sisters using the app – some sisters read and post on the SRT website, and the app posts don’t consistently sync to the site and vice versa. If your prayer request isn’t specifically addressed by anyone, it may be that it wasn’t seen.

    Praying for all requests, those seen, unseen, spoken and unspoken – God sees and hears them all.

  26. Kristine Loughman says:

    Haha I had the same thought as KELLY (NEO) today – finally a hymn I recognize! I love how so many hymns follow the same pattern: beginning is a description of how God is great, in the middle the author is lost/in trouble but God is still there, then the last stanza is usually God’s triumphant return to redeem us all. It’s a whole lifetime in one song. My favorite lyric today is:

    When darkness veils his lovely face,
    I rest on his unchanging grace

    Sometimes we walk through the valley of the shadow (LAURA – I think of your journey with your daughter). But even when we can’t see his face, how reassuring to know Jesus is there. There is nothing he hasn’t already seen. TERESA DONLEY – praying for you and eagerly awaiting an update on your health.

  27. Kelly (NEO) says:

    Finally, one I know! ;-) Love that it was a “one-hit wonder” for Mr. Mote4

    O the day when I’ll be “dressed in his righteousness alone,
    faultless to stand before the throne.”

    ADRIENNE – thanks for the additional info on Leo.

    TERESA DONLEY – oh, my! Praying you were seen quickly and the medical team was able to help you.

    Continuing to pray for your requests Shes ❤️

  28. Pam says:

    Not “ frame”! The word is “refrain”. I dare not trust the sweetest “refrain”. Look in the old hymn books.

  29. Larisa says:

    I believe you have a mistake in this post, Edward wrote about 100 hymns that were published, not just the one hymn that so many of us love

  30. Andrea Grey says:


  31. Audrey Jackson says:

    I sing this song daily to myself. I stopped watching the Impact Network recently. This morning I happened upon Reverend W.Franklin Richardson and he was preaching on Emmanuel, God with us and he quoted this song in the sermon. I’m in tears right now. God is awesome and he speaks to us all the time. We just have to listen. Thank you Holy Spirit for leading me here today. To God be the Glory. Hallelujah and Amen!❤❤

  32. Molly Gilbane says:

    Dear Lord, help me to understand “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. “On Christ, the solid rock, I stand. All other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.” Lord, You are my rock and my salvation. My ever-present help in times of need. I lift up our lives to You. Our safety to You. Our health to You. You alone have the power to conquer these unprecedented times we are living in. I believe in You.

    1. Jen Brewer says:

      Amen! ❤️

  33. Alyssa Randall says:

    Amazing song that brings me to tears! ❤️

  34. Brittany Fox says:

    Here’s one I had heard before! Love this on! Norton Hall Band has a great version.

  35. Olivia Havrilla says:

    Love this hymn!

  36. Sondra Oliver Richardso says:

    I loved reading this!!

  37. Soriyah Boodram says:

    One of the greatest hymns!

  38. Carly Hofer says:

    I’m not crazy about hymns but this one is one that I love and love to sing. Such a good song!

  39. Kristen Rudd says:

    All other ground is sinking sand!

  40. Sarona Farrell says:

    I love being able to sing this from memory. Grateful to be worshipping alone and acapella on this beautiful morning. Me and the seagulls

  41. Ana Maria Dosianu says:

    Love this!

  42. Kami Tams says:

    So encouraging to read all of these comments ❤️ I’ve always know this song as the song ‘cornerstone’ it’s so beautiful to see if as its original form. It also really helps put things into perspective of how much we should and need to depend on Jesus!

  43. Jeanette says:

    Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
    No other name but Jesus
    EVERYTHING else will fade away but His Word WILL remain.
    My hope is everyday built on my Saviour my Lord my Best friend – Jesus .

  44. EB Davis says:

    “ALL other ground is sinking sand.” Christ is the ONLY way. There is not another way to truth. We cannot get there on our own.

  45. Karyn Allen says:

    These devotionals have been helping me to work through my anxiety and depression, and this particular is the reminder I need: My hope should be built on NOTHING LESS than Jesus! Everything else will fault me, but he won’t!

    1. Kaitlyn Reed says:

      I suffer from anxiety really badly, and honestly this is so true. My only hope is Jesus and there’s comfort and peace in that because He never ever ever ever fails.

    2. Amanda H says:

      I received this revelation a week ago and my life has never been the same. Our only hope is in Jesus! He’s delivered me from depression, I still struggle with anxiety but this revelation has blessed me tremendously.

  46. Sarah says:

    I have been quite stressed these past few weeks, as I’ll be writing the LSAT on Saturday. I haven’t been trusting and leaning on God as much as I should. At times, I even rely heavily on my own abilities forgetting that God is our Rock and is a Solid Foundation that can never be taken and knocked down. I really needed to read these words tonight!
    God, I trust You with all of my heart and my soul, as I write the LSAT on Saturday. It’s comforting to know that You are my Rock and Foundation and that I won’t be defeated by pressure and stress as I write the test on Saturday.

  47. Cillavalerie says:

    “I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus’ name”… this is my prayer!

  48. April says:

    Amazing how God speaks through His word. This very topic of building your foundation on Christ is also the topic for a children’s devotion I have prepared for today.

  49. Anna Rooker says:

    one of the most powerful devotions so far!!!

  50. Victoria says:

    Who better to build the foundation of your life on than Jesus?

  51. Kate says:

    God is big enough and he will never let us down!!

  52. Rebecca Bush says:

    How foolish are we when we put our hopes and dreams in something fleeting (money/retirement funds, careers, houses, vacations…) and not on Christ and his word? When we forget and veer away from him to the worldly things. He says if we listen to his words and do what he says… It seems so simple but man do I mess it up and often! I need to sing this song everyday to remind myself that I should put my hope only in him.

    1. Rebecca says:

      It’s so easy to get distracted by our own wants and goals. I loved this reminder to hold tight to Christ alone. His will is supreme!

  53. Megan says:

    At young life, we love this song!

  54. Deborah A. Adedoja says:

    Amen, hallelujah ❤❤️

  55. Lfe says:

    Amen ❤❤❤

  56. Carley says:

    Hey guys! Love these devotionals!

  57. Mary says:

    I can’t even read the words to that hymn without tearing up – it has always been so beautiful to me. I love knowing the story!

  58. Apetersonx3 says:

    One of my favorite hymns- such a great reminder and where our focus should be. HIM, all other ground is sinking sand

  59. Monica says:

    Just what I needed!

  60. Linda Saxon says:

    Prayed for you and your family Britney Harris.

  61. Britney Harris says:

    Lost my job, in debt, credit score getting ruined, lost my car, and living in a 2 bedroom homeless shelter for women with my mom & 4 sisters because our ceiling completely fell in our old house. But guess what? My hope is built on nothing less than JESUS! And even though certain days I’m weary & feel like crying, I always get on my knees & turn to God! He’s my hope, my strength, & my rock!

    1. Emily Hembree says:

      Prayers. Peace, comfort, hope, and unwavering joy for you and your family. For such a time as this to press into our Jesus , our protector and our comfort.

    2. Tiffany says:

      Just prayed for you!

    3. Erika says:

      Praying for you and your family. I pray that he gives you hope and comfort through these times. God is truly the foundation of our lives and he will always provide. God bless!

    4. Molly says:

      Praying for you and your family, Britney.

    5. Jacqui says:

      Praying for you Britney , is there any way I can help you and your family ? X

  62. Rachel Y. says:

    When I read these hymns and scriptures, it turns my focus back to Christ and I find peace in knowing that He is powerful, unchanging, faithful and just.
    He is faithful to break my idols so that I can worship Him.

  63. Rachel Y. says:

    What a great reminder, “My hope is built on nothing less, then Jesus’ blood and righteousness”.
    A few weeks ago my husband lost his job just before we were planning to go to closing on our first home. We lost the house and with it, all my subtle little hopes and dreams of finally starting a family and raising them in that house.
    I go through cycles of being either crushed or being at peace

  64. April says:

    In Love With Glory Amen

  65. Rachel says:

    I’m doing this study now- what a perfect post for the day after the election. On Christ the solid Rock I stand. Yes and AMEN.

    1. Alexis Maycock says:

      Definitely agree with you about this being the perfect post for the day after the election. As well as it has been timely in my personal life. I’m at peace because I know that God is in control!

  66. Abbie says:

    Sometimes it’s so easy to get influenced by evil but with good rocks and foundation we will stand firm on Jesus’ name

  67. Sydonie says:

    Amazing hymn – such a great way of rethinking this hymn. He REALLY IS our solid rock, and if the foundation we put
    Our hope in, isn’t solid? It’s not Christ, but it’s ALSO sinking sand. Comforting to know we walk on stable ground.

  68. Susannah Smith says:

    This gym is so great and so encouraging it is just great to know that our father will be our foundation and our solid ground. He deserves all praise as this song does through its lyrics

    1. Susannah Smith says:


  69. Lanette says:

    My Grandma sang this song all the time!

  70. Grace says:

    “My hope is built on nothing less, then Jesus blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly trust in Jesus’ name” love this and these words…so much faith, trust, love

  71. Alicia K says:

    I loooooove this hymn!!!

  72. Jamie says:

    I love this hymn so much at church. The words were a little different but I immediately remembered the tune when I began reading it. Thank you for this moment of worship this morning ❤️️

  73. Natasha says:

    even though I am way behind in study, this was just perfect for today. I am newly married and this past week has been really tough l due to not building our foundation on Him. how convicting and perfectly timed this devotion was. please pray for our marriage and please pray for me to be a good, godly and encouraging wife.

    1. Lauren says:

      Thank you for sharing Natasha- I am newly married too- building a solid marriage on Jesus is so precious. When two people are working toward the common goal of God and heaven it really is something amazing. I will pray for you and your husband. If you need to talk more I can do that too!

  74. Taylor says:

    I’m really fighting a battle with lust right now, this was incredibly helpful in an almost moment of weakness.

  75. Shannon says:

    One of my favorites that is truly moving. I’ve been having a rough week and this song alone is enough to make me forget my troubles and remember I have a Lord and Savior who loves me!

  76. Helen says:

    This hymn and the verses that inspired it are so timely for me right now. My husband and I recently bought an 80-year-old house with a foundation as solid as a rock. It has lots of things that need to be fixed, but the foundation is so sturdy that the floors don’t slope or creak, or bounce in the least. I’m thankful for this little picture of my perfect Rock who never changes, and is faithful in every season of life!

  77. Keri McCue says:

    This is by far one of my favorite hymns! Everytime we sing it at church I can’t help but tear up because it’s just so beautiful and powerful!!

    I love today’s scripture as well. This one really stuck with me, “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.”

    All His ways are justice! Amen!

  78. EE says:

    Verse 2: “When darkness veils his lovely face”… our hope and ” anchor holds within the veil” . Our anchored hope is that Jesus went behind the veil/curtain to intercede on our behalf. Hebrews 6:19. When Evil intended to hide God’s face with the veil, Jesus uses it to be our High Priest. What a Hope!

    1. Beth says:

      What a great analogy! Love that!

  79. Kelly Nash says:

    I love the hymn/song studies. It’s by far my favorite SRT studies. I think we can miss so much when we hear and sing these songs. And taking the opportunity to study the story behind it and the lyrics themselves is so powerful and makes the times we sing them in worship so much more meaningful!

  80. Erin Sienna says:

    What year was this hymn written? I didn’t see that in the post today and it’s something I’m always curious about for historical context.

    1. Chaney says:

      I was curious about that too, so I looked it up. :) He wrote it in 1834.

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  81. Shelia says:

    My prayer for today.
    “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.”

  82. Jennifer says:

    I loved this rendition. Beautiful hymn.

    1. Jennifer says:

      Ah! I see I am not the first to post this one! So awesome to be in community with you ladies!

      1. Caroline Betz says:

        ah yes!!! i like that one, too :)

  83. Caroline says:

    I needed this today. Thank you so much. Lord, my hope is built on you and nothing or noone else.

  84. Jacki says:

    I’ve thought a lot about this idea a lot, I think because my early building years were shaky and the building itself slapped together in really piecemeal way. As an adult, I’ve been doing a lot of shoring up. I’ve gone back and replaced rotten boards of legalism; I’ve added support beams to areas that I didn’t grasp in my youth. I’ve replaced the windows that I look out of, upgrading continually until I can look out and see things clearly and lovingly, as God does. But what a beautiful thing to know that the foundation, the cornerstone, remains unchanged. On Christ the solid rock I stand.

    1. Jenna H says:

      How you described this really touched me .

    2. JAD says:

      Beautiful Jacki, thank you. I relate to this so much, as I’m sure so many of us do. With His help I too am trying to gradually mend my faith structure and what has been put together in a piecemeal way in my own life, and replace what has been already sowed in well-meaning ignorance or even emotionless autopilot with what is sure and strong and real, having been purified through the fire and examined by His light of truth. I will be thinking on your wonderful imagery today. God bless you and may Jesus hold you close.

    3. Shelia says:

      What a magnificent way for you to word this!

    4. Sarah says:

      Love this comparison ❤️❤️

  85. Betsy P. says:

    1 Corinthians 3:12-14 was exactly what I needed to hear this morning: “If anyone builds on that foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, each one’s work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work. If anyone’s work that he has built survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, it will be lost, BUT HE WILL BE SAVED; yet it will be like an escape through fire.”

    That is grace right there; even when I build my work on my own abilities only to see it all topple down around me, the Lord is there with His arm extended, picking me up from the ashes and helping me start over again. Oh Lord, thank you for second chances, abounding grace, and relentless love!

  86. Jennifer W. says:

    This hymn has always been a favorite. The missionary who led my parents to the Lord when they were serving in the Army in Germany years ago, founded a Bible college when I was a teenager, and so I had the privilege to study under my “spiritual grandfather”. He used to lead this song out loud and strong in chapel, but he always changed one line- “When He shall come with trumpet’s sound, oh I SHALL then in Him be found.” He had complete confidence in the salvation He had obtained through Christ and wanted this beloved hymn to reflect that. He has since gone to stand spotless before the throne and whenever I sing this anchoring song, I sing Mr. Charles’ words with confidence. Thank you Jesus for that!

    1. Naomi says:

      Love that Jennifer!

  87. Jean says:

    It’s wonderful to read the background of favorite songs. I always thought of this one as a more recently written song. Loved the renditions listed in comments and a wonderful way to start the morning.

  88. Angela says:

    I love this perfect mesh up of In Christ Alone and this hymn!

    1. Naomi says:

      Yes, I love it too! I think In Christ Alone is one of the most powerful modern hymns!! It was written in true hymn style, with more theological depth than most of the “worship” songs of today.

  89. Julia says:

    This is not spiritual, but just thinking back to my days as a dorky youth and singing this hymn– we would all roll the R in”rock” at each chorus to be silly and teenager-y. Did anybody else do that?

  90. Jamie says:

    Waking up and just thinking about all the things that are heavy on my heart from issues in the world to family and friends and my own sins that I wrestle with, this song and scriptures were what I needed!
    Our God is good!

  91. Heather (MNmomma) says:

    I know this isn’t word for word, but I just LOVE this version by Hillsong

  92. Elaine says:

    I agree with you churchnouse. We need each other and it is great to connect with all of you each day this way. I love this hymn. We just sang it at church Sunday. I have found myself playing this over and over in my head on occasions when I was tempted to let fear of the unknown creep into my mind. Or times when life seems dark and cold the words bring light and warmth back into my focus. Christ is my solid rock my only hope!

  93. Mary Beth says:

    As the USA is going down a steep hill of moral decline, and with the uncertainty of the upcoming elections, I can only turn to my Solid Rock, Jesus. “When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.”

    1. Kylee says:

      Amen, Mary Beth, couldn’t agree more.

  94. churchmouse says:

    “On Christ, the solid Rock I stand : all other ground is sinking sand.” This is why I come each day to She Reads Truth. There are many voices clamoring for my attention but I want to follow only that which is unchangeable and true. I want to hear from God through His people as they share what He has done in their lives (all you ‘Shes’) as we study His Word together. His Word is the firm foundation and I link arms with all of you so that I continue to stand on Him alone.

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    5. Jesus Girl says:

      Consider us linked for Life!! Our God is so amazing, loving, and great redeemer!! He is all we ever need!

    6. Jesus Girl says:

      Consider us linked for life!! Our God is so amazingly loving & such a wonderful Redeemer!! He will never leave us nor forsake us. God is all we need!!!

  95. Tracy says:

    I don’t think I ever realized this an old hymn, but consider me educated! So simple, yet so true. O believe we have all seen our share of what happens when we try to build on sinking sand. It’s not pretty. I hope the simplicity and truth of this hymn touches you all as it has me. Have a great day ladies.

    1. Kylee says:

      “And it came down with a mighty crash” — YES, I think many of us can relate to having once (or twice) built our hopes and spiritual homes on sinking sand. It really does come crashing down with a mighty crash!! Not pretty to look at or fun to experience. May we be quick to recognize where we’re putting our hope, and where we’re building our homes, and may it be in Jesus!

  96. Rachel says:

    Hi, this is my first day on here and I really hope to be able to build my life on God’s firm foundation and improve my relationship with Him. I have been building on sand and collapsing as a result, I know now that I need to build on Christ’s foundation. Thank you for the reminder! I have read a couple of these passages before and knew the theory, but never applied it before so it is great to put it into practice now! Yay :) Hope everyone is having a good day!

    1. candacejo says:

      Welcome, Rachel!

    2. Mary Beth says:

      Welcome Rachel! You will learn a lot here. Really blesses and educates me every morning. It’s a great way to start the day!

    3. Kellie says:

      Welcome, Rachel!! I love this community & know you will, too!

    4. Heather (MNmomma) says:

      Welcome Rachel!!!

    5. Michele says:

      Welcome! This is a great place to be. :-)

    6. Amen says:

      Welcome Rachel!

  97. Tina says:

    And there was me thinking it was a Hillsong number…!!!
    Can I say, I love this version, but when I finally found and heard the hymn…I loved that too…
    On Christ the solid rock I stand….
    All other ground is sinking sand….
    Amen.. Amen. Amen..

    This is the only sang version of this hymn I found…
    Happy Wednesday… xxx

    1. candacejo says:

      You’re so funny :) I didn’t think Hillsong wrote it since I have heard it my entire life but I thought the name of it was On Christ the Solid Rock. So we all learned something today. Great hymn, beautiful, true words. ♥

    2. Mary Beth says:

      I’ve always known it as The Solid Rock. There may be other ones out there with that title, but I listened to this and it was great! I’m so used to hearing the contemporary version, I couldn’t get the original tune in my head

    3. Heather (MNmomma) says:

      I adore the Hillsong version!!!! It definitely makes me stop and truly lift him up and serves as a reminder that everything else is sinking sand….have a wonderful Wednesday!

  98. Marianne says:

    Catchy tune with a deep truth. This will follow me through my day. :) Just found this beautiful contemporary version of the song:

    1. DebbieinAZ says:

      Beautiful. My favorite version so far. Thanks for sharing it. Have a blessed day.

    2. Jennifer W. says:

      Thanks! I loved this too.

    3. Ronda says: