This hymn which has been a great favorite of people around the world was written by Edward Mote. About his childhood he said:
“So ignorant was I that I did not know there was a God. My Sundays were spent on the streets (of London) in play.“
Yet, Mote became a great writer and minister. As a young adult , Mote attended Tottenham Court Road Chapel where he heard sermons by the noted John Hyatt. He became a carpenter’s apprentice and eventually owned his own shop. While walking to work one day, he decided to write a hymn and before he reached his shop, he had the chorus:
““On Christ the solid rock I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.”
By the end of the day he had composed four stanzas. Later that week, he sang his hymn to a minister’s wife who was near death. She found so much comfort in the verses, that Mote had 1,000 copies printed to distribute to friends. The rest is history.
Listen and take hope in the solid rock which is our faith in Christ.
For another song on hope see this post: