I have sung, and led the song ‘On Christ The Solid Rock’ innumerable times.
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
But lyrics that marry experience will always ring true with greater weight.
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
A life raft tossed untethered in the sea is the only visual that has made sense to me during this visa process. Safe because you are inside, but not completely sheltered and protected.
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
Continually I have sought rest, peace, security and hope in the things that I thought I could control – myself, my abilities – and in other people.
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
And continually we have been reminded through this process that rest, peace, security and hope cannot be found in the sinking sand of the outer reality – but in the eternal truth of Christ. Who Himself is always steady, sure, unshakable, the same yesterday, today and forever, the One who never lets go, who always holds fast, who is our Hope and our Rock.
When we’ve felt a crumpled mess, we can stand on Christ. When you desire to set your hope upon something you can see, feel and seemingly control, you will always end up a crumpled mess. But we are learning again and again to set our hope on Another.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand!
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand.