“My hope is built on nothing less
But JESUS’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on JESUS’ name
On CHRIST the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand.” (Edward Mote 1834.)
This stanza started out as a personal assurance when considering the sense of failure that permeates all human interactions. A way of easing the grief and disappointment when relating to others. And most assuredly in my interactions with myself. It was a song that helped me move from the brick walls that stood before me and pit holes that mined my footfall.
The great thing about walking with the Lord is the consistent pursuit of knowledge. You learn even when you don’t want to learn. So, many songs have a new revelation for me, and the Word of GOD continues to be a fresh presentation. Even though I am sure I have read those words before; as I learn, as I grow, the words are lively within me. Never betraying my new awareness nor preempting the old understanding. Always leaving me with a sense of the More that is to come. I don’t strain for levels in GOD anymore. I am content to realize that I will never stop learning and growing. If I so, choose.
Now, songs like, “On CHRIST the solid rock I stand,” hold a deeper meaning. When I sing that hymn, I am warm with charity. Now, it means that you are not responsible for my journey.
When I am willing to step back from my “go-to” response; my human reactions, then I can realign my dependency upon the Lord. Right where it should always be.
But you should know. There is the chance I may ‘ka-pow’ you if the situation calls for physical defense, and there is always the danger that you might attack when my own prayer life is out of kilter. But the reliability of the SPIRIT of GOD will not allow me to continue in an abusive way. It brings me back to the place of respect for all GOD’s children. It reminds me of how to properly fight. How to smack people in the manner they are not quick to recover from. It reminds me that vengeance belongs to GOD. So, I am getting good at ‘telling’ on you or the situation.
Translated. People and circumstances can’t abort a hope that was never placed in them. So, on CHRIST the solid rock I stand, I won’t worry GOD’s got it in His hand. GOD’s got it all in His hand.