The Solid Rock

Here is an excerpt about the life of Edward Mote, the author of the treasured hymn, The Solid Rock (1834), from one of my favorite books, Then Sings My Soul, 150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories, by Robert J. Morgan along with the lyrics and a music video:

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. ~1 Corinthians 3:11
Edward Mote was born into poverty on January 1, 1797, in London. His parents, innkeepers, wouldn't allow a Bible in their house, but somehow Edward heard the gospel as a teenager and came to Christ. He eventually became a skilled carpenter and the owner of his own cabinet shop.
"One morning", he recalled, "it came into my mind as I went to labor to write a hymn on the 'Gracious Experience of a Christian.' As I went to Holborn I had the Chorus: On Christ the solid Rock I stand / All other ground is sinking sand. In the day I had four verses complete, and wrote them off."
"On the Sabbath following, I met brother King... who informed me that his wife was very ill, and asked me to call and see her. I had an early tea and called afterwards. He said that it was his usual custom to sing a hymn, read a portion, and engage in prayer before he went to meeting. He looked for his hymnbook but could find it nowhere. I said, 'I have some verses in my pocket; if he liked, we would sing them.' We did and his wife enjoyed them so much that after the service he asked me, as a favor, to leave a copy of them for his wife."
"I went home, and by the fireside composed the last two verses, wrote the whole off, and took them to sister King... As these verses so met the dying woman's case, my attention to them was the more arrested, and I had a thousand printed for distribution."
In 1852, Edward, 55, gave up his carpentry to pastor the Baptist Church in Horsham, Sussex, where he ministered 21 years. He resigned in 1873, in failing health, saying, "I think I am going to Heaven; yea, I am nearing port. The truths I have been preaching, I am now living upon. Ah! The precious blood." He passed away at age 77.
The Solid Rock
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.
Chorus: On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.
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.
Chorus: On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.
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.
Chorus: On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand.
When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh may I then in Him be found! Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne!
Chorus: On Christ the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.
Solid Rock performed by Magen Thurman:

https://youtu.be/Rayr0MwKwo8

 

 

 

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