‘My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less’

Melissa HendersonBy Melissa Henderson4 Minutes

Believers find hope and peace in Christ. As we journey through trials and conflicts, we can seek God and rest in His presence. The song “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” shares the true hope found in Him.

Do you have songs that seem to be written for you? Lyrics of songs can uplift, inspire, encourage, and provide hope during troublesome times. Some song authors have composed words and music through inspiration from situations in their lives. Other lyricists have found solace in writing about the experiences of others.

“My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” was originally written by Edward Mote in 1834. The words of the song share a deep connection between the author and God. Mote reminds us that in every storm of life, the anchor of God stands firm. This is a testimony of worship and rejoicing in the promises of God.

Edward Mote was born in London on January 21, 1797. Like many others, Mote journeyed through a spiritual awakening. After that transformation, he became a Baptist minister in his 50’s. One story shares that when visiting the wife of a sick friend, Mote had planned to sing a hymn, but had misplaced his hymnbook. According to historians, Edward Mote offered to read from some verses in his pocket. The husband and wife enjoyed the verses and asked for a copy to be left with them. Mote then went home and composed the next verses of the hymn.

As believers, we know that God can use any person or anything to further His kingdom. Songs are one of the ways the message of Christ can change lives. Through learning about songwriters and their faith journeys, we can reflect on our relationship with God.

Music can bring tears, soothe the soul, and give hope for the present and future. God gives each of His creations unique gifts and talents. Songwriters, authors, artists, musicians, teachers, gardeners, volunteers, and so many more examples have the opportunity to share the love of God through their gifts. Every person can be filled with the hope of God.

“My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” is one of over 100 hymns written by Edward Mote. When we sing the line “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand …”, we are firmly declaring faith in God. As believers, we fully rely on God and not ourselves.

God does not promise we will never have troubles on this earth. God does promise that He will always be with us. The hope we have in Him is forever.

Scripture shares about the wise and foolish builders. Listen, hear, and be wise.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house: yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25 NIV).

As you listen to hymns and/or read the words, consider the life of the writer. What were they experiencing that led to the words? How can you honor God with your words and actions?

In His Name,

Melissa Henderson