Singing through the Year: My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
"My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less" is by the Baptist pastor Edward Mote. He wrote about 100 hymn texts, and this is by far his most famous one. It's usually paired with the Gospel songwriter William Bradbury's tune "Solid Rock," which was written purposely for the text several decades after it was first published.
Check out this video of congregational singing (with a festive organ accompaniment!) if you'd like to sing along. You may also enjoy this choral setting, which uses a different tune than we will be singing.
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less
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 seems to hide his 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
Singing through the Year features a hymn related to next Sunday's lectionary readings. Each hymn will be sung at the Presbyterian church where I am the organist.