My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less

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Not So Traditional

When I was a young man, I clearly remember railing against the traditions of the church.

Wanting to be a Christian Rock Star, I hated traditional thinking and all that went with it (e.g. Hymnal Singing, Organs, Pot Luck Meals, etc.) Now that I have a few years in the rear view mirror, I can see how immature my thinking was as a young man.

Shoot, they play music in church these days that make us sound like we were just kidding back then… and nobody thinks twice about it.

People Need Strength

Life can be extremely difficult. Storms and long seasons of trials can make a man realize the full extent of his frailty… of which, there is no limit.

People need strength. I need strength… to rely on something stable, secure, and stronger than I.

Now that I’m older, and hopefully wiser, I’ve found myself strangely drawn back to at least one of these old traditions… the old hymns contain, deep and timeless truths I’ve learned to depend on in my years of getting older.

Victory In Jesus

While “Victory in Jesus” is my all-time favorite hymn, I’ve recently begun to take much comfort in the words of another great hymn. Maybe you know the words…

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My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my 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.

When darkness veils His lovely 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;
In Him, my righteousness, alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.


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