Edward Mote, William B. Bradbury
Eddie Lewis Arranger and Trumpet Player
Sheet Music for this Arrangement Available at:
On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand
The next arrangement in our Trumpet Hymn Duets series is The Solid Rock. The theme of The Solid Rock comes from a part of the Sermon on the Mountain when Jesus says that, if you hear what he says and do it, you are like a man who built a house on a rock. The lyricist writes “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”
Solid Rock Trumpet Hymn Duet
My duet version of this classic hymn tries to capture that feel of trusting in Christ as the solid rock we build our lives on. I don’t always get it right, but that’s what these arrangements are supposed to be. I am trying to keep them true to the original intentions of the hymnist. I am not trying to make them “more interesting” or to “jazz them up”.
That said, I don’t have anything against the practice of making hymns more interesting with compositional techniques. Not at all. I’ve done quite a bit of that myself. I enjoy writing that way, and people enjoy listening to it.
But sometimes I also yearn for something simpler and more sincere. That’s what these Trumpet Hymn Duets are for.
I Dare Not Trust the Sweetest Frame
This time I am doing something a little different in the process of writing this duet. For The Solid Rock, I want to memorize the lyrics before I begin writing the duet. In the process of memorizing the first verse, the image I saw for the line “I dare not trust the sweetest frame”, is one of those idyllic photos of a cottage surrounded by lush greenery and flowers. The word “sweet” gave me this image.
In our daily lives, it is easy to look at what is above the surface and be swooned by the sweetness. These are beautiful cottages and I’m like a lot of people who would love to have a house like that. But what if that house is built on a bad foundation?
Solid Rock Needed
During this lockdown, we need Christ as our “solid rock” more now than ever. While the rest of the world panics over the threat of death and the subsequent threat to our daily lives via the government imposed lockdowns, it’s important for us to stay grounded in Christ. When we build our lives on His “blood and righteousness”, satan cannot harm us.
That’s what this hymn is to me. “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand…” I do not stand on man made gumptions. I do not stand on man’s cleverness. All these are “sinking sand”.
The Solid Rock Lyrics
Here are the full lyrics for the hymn:
My hope is built on nothing less
Than 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.
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,The Solid Rock
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.