This morning, we’ll sing a gospel hymn in our gathering. Written in 1825, this hymn declares God’s grace (v. 1) and the application of His grace in times of trouble (vv. 2 & 3). It was based on the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders, and helps us long for the day when we stand faultless “before the throne” (v. 4)
Edward Mote (b. 1797), the writer of this hymn, was the son of a pub owner in London, England. He learned the trade of cabinet making before becoming a pastor. He served for 26 years at Rehoboth Baptist Church in Horsham, and the congregation loved him so much they tried to give him the church building as a gift. Mote replied, “I do not want the chapel. I only want the pulpit, and when I cease to preach Christ, then turn me out of that.”
The hymn appears in many hymnals. Here are the verses of the hymn as printed in Our Own Hymn Book: a Collection of Hymns for Public, Social, and Private Worship (1866), compiled by Charles Spurgeon.
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.
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, and His blood,
Support me in the sinking flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
When the last awful trump shall sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dress’d in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.