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.

Refrain:

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,

All other ground is sinking sand,

All other ground is sinking sand.

Standing at the bus stop tonight, this old hymn just overwhelmed me in the few minutes I had to wait for my bus ride home.  Hoping I could be alone for a few minutes to write, I was surprised, but not really, that no one was home as is often not the case.  The TV was silent, the dog and cat quiet and sleeping and I am alone with my thoughts.

I wonder how many of us think about what we stand on.  Do we stand on the Solid Rock, Jesus Christ, or do we stand on sinking sand…the theories, the philosophies of our society?  Do we stand on our careers, our own earthly hopes and dreams, on the economy?

Where does our hope lie?  What can we have true confidence in?  Can we truly trust in our government, our leaders, religious or otherwise, our friends and family?  Is there anything or anyone that never waivers and never changes with the tides, holds steady in the storm and does not ever collapse as does a house built on sand.

This grand old hymn says it best I think.  For me, at least, my hope, my confidence is built on Jesus, His blood shed for me, and His righteousness that never fails and never fades.  He keeps me, guides me, shows me what is right and what is wrong…and helps me to do right if I’m headed in the wrong direction.

The words go on to say:

When Darkness veils His lovely face,

I rest on His unchanging Grace.

In every high and stormy gale,

MY anchor holds withing the veil.

Refrain

His oath, His covenant, His Blood

Supports 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

As the song says, there are times when we can’t see His face, when we think all is lost, that He has abandoned us, that there is no hope.  This is the time to hang on tighter than you ever thought you could.  He is there, He hasn’t left you.  This is the time when He carries you through even though you can’t feel Him or see Him.  That darkness is not permanent for the child of God.  It is only temporary and one day, when the Trumpet of God sounds, we’ll see Him when He comes to take us Home!

If you are struggling today, maybe this is for you.  I just knew that this song was meaningful to me tonight and I hope it will encourage you as well.  You are blessed, you are dearly loved by the Lord, and He wants you to know that He has done all He can and will do to secure your eternity and your abundant life when He sent His only Son to sacrifice His life for yours.  Pretty fair trade I’d say.  You can have confidence in Him and your hope can be built on Jesus, the Rock.