Are You Building on the Rock?

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Are You Building on the Rock?

Barney E. Warren
Eddie Lewis Trumpet

This week’s Unadorned Trumpet Hymn is Are You Building on the Rock by Barney E. Warren. The theme is taken from Matthew 7 when Jesus uses building a house as an analogy for faith. He says that, if you hear His words and put them into action, then your faith is like building a house on the rock. If you do not put His words into action, then your faith is more like building your house on the sand. The house will fall in a storm.

In my opinion, this is what makes a great hymn. Well, let me be clear… there are different types of hymns. This is a “great” example of a teaching hymn. Are You Building on the Rock? makes a very clear and concise point and that point is taken directly from scripture.

Sermon on the Mount

I believe Matthew 7 is part of the famous Sermon on the Mount. These are very clear instructions on how we are supposed to live as Christians. The verses with the parable about the house built on the sand, vs the house built on the rock, to me addresses the consequences of putting into action what Jesus teaches us in the sermon.

Are you building on a strong foundation,
With an anchor that will keep the soul?

If you hear Jesus’ words but do not put them into action in your life, the consequence is that your life will “fall apart”.

Pushing the Reset Button

Are You Building on the Rock? reminds me of something I do when times get crazy and my life begins to unravel. I’ve been doing this for decades now. It’s sort of like hitting a spiritual reset button.

I first remove myself from the chaos of whatever has gone wrong. This usually means going for a nice, long, meditative walk. Alternatively, it could be going for a long drive in the country…which I don’t do nearly as often as I should anymore.

When my head is clear, I revisit my purpose in Christ. I remind myself what my job is, here on this earth.

Once that purpose saturates my mind, I return to the problem that is creating chaos in my life and address it from THAT perspective.

This RESET BUTTON thing works every time. Are You Building on the Rock? reminds me of this.

Are you building on the rock
I took this photo years ago when Pearl and I took my mom to Sedona.

Are You Building on the Rock? Lyrics

Here is the full text of the hym:

Are you building on the Rock eternal?
Are you building on the sinking sand?
Are you going to that home supernal,
In that brighter, far-off, happy land?

Refrain:
Are you building on the Rock?
Are you building on the Rock?
Are you building on the Rock,
Or on the sinking sand?

Are you building on a strong foundation?
Can you stand the stormy sea of life?
’Mid the surging billows’ wild commotion,
Do you conquer in the raging strife?

Are you building on a strong foundation,
With an anchor that will keep the soul?
Living in His love and truth unshaken,
Grounded firm and deep though billows roll?

Are you building on a strong foundation?
Can you stand the awful judgment shock?
Are you grounded in His great salvation,
Fastened like an anchor to the Rock?

Are You Building on the Rock? by Barney E. Warren

Yikes! After the Recording Followup

I do these blogs first, and then I do the recordings. I do this so my heart and mind are in the right place when I record.

This hymn took a little longer to record than most. Not to fault the hymn at all. It’s not difficult. It’s not awkward (some of them are just a little awkward to play on trumpet). It’s just that my mind started getting distracted.

Why am I sharing this with you?

Because the answer to the problem was in the hymn. I asked myself if I was building my foundation on what Jesus was teaching? I said, “yes”, and then got serious for the next “take”.

What do I mean by “serious”?

Sometimes I try to look at the camera during the hymn. I feel self-conscious being on video but never looking up to sort of “acknowledge” my audience. But after I focused on the seriousness of subject, I realized that I could be more serious and more focused than what the music sounds like.

Yes, the music sounds fun. It sounds like a fun march from the turn of the past century. I love that style! But I think maybe that was what was distracting me from the seriousness of the hymn.

Problem solved! Right?

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