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 My Hope is Built

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in 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.
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.
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.
Words: Edward Mote, cir­ca 1834; first ap­peared in Mote’s Hymns of Praise, 1836:

It is always good to be reminded where our hope lies. We do not hope in our talents, finances, possessions, health and circumstances but our hope is in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray that you will be encouraged today no matter what is going on in your life to remember that you are clothed in His righteousness and you will be faultless before the throne.


  1. Seeing this picture makes me homesick! I spent two terms studying at Ecola Hall Bible School in Cannon Beach, OR...just a few minutes walk from beautiful Haystack Rock! It also brings some sadness, as one of my good friends lost her life there last summer, as a result of a bicycle accident. But what beauty, no matter what life throws our way!

  2. What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your words of encouragement.

  3. One of the most beautiful sights in the world and one of the most beautiful hymns. What a perfect combination! Thanks for sharing this today. It will be a good song to have playing in my head. :-)

  4. Ellen, I've stood at that same spot numerous times and that song couldn't be more appropriate. The words are all true! Thank you for reminding me of this great hymn.

  5. My grandmother passed away this morning, and this hymn is perfect for her. Thank you.

  6. We sang this song in church this morning...and I immediately thought of your post...and pictured that solid rock along the Oregon coast.

  7. Our favorite place! Haystack Rock!!! We spends lots of time there in the summer.

  8. thank you. I needed that reminder today.... 'when darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace...'


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