3. 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.
On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand;
all other ground is sinking sand.
“My Hope is Built” text by Edward Mote
Grief ambushed me today.
I was singing this third verse of “My Hope is Built” for work and started to feel deep emotions welling up as I meditated on the lyrics of this classic hymn. (Don’t worry, the service went without a hitch.) For a moment, the hymn transported me to the time in my life “When all around my soul [gave] way.”
I discovered my first marriage was “sinking sand” but I also discovered “[Christ] then [was] my hope and stay.”
While the contrast of Christ’s faithfulness to the covenant and my first wife’s unfaithfulness evoked sadness within me, this hymn also evoked gratitude to my God who truly was My Rock while the sands of my life were all sinking around me. God is faithful even when the closest human to us in unfaithful. I know because I have experienced it.
May this rich hymn minister to your soul as it did to mine today: