Behind the Music
Cornerstone is a modern arrangement from Hillsong of Edward Mote's hymn The Solid Rock. Hillsong did a fantastic job with this melodic arrangement. You can check out their version in the video below.
The lyrics of The Solid Rock do a great job of reminding us of our hope in Christ in all situations. First, the phrase I dare not trust the sweetest frame reminds us that our hope should not be in even the best of circumstances, people, or any created thing. Mote then addresses the difficulties of life in the second stanza when he writes, When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on his unchanging grace. It is easy to look around the world and see the devastation of sin: rogue soldiers mowing down innocent children in the name of a god, nations invading other nations in the name of nationalism, disease wreaking havoc, and the earth groaning with hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. However, the darkness that Edward Mote speaks actually resides most prominently in our own hearts. We have a sin problem that only hope in Christ can fix.
Edward doesn't leave us hanging in the darkness of the second stanza. He turns to the righteousness that is given to us by Christ: Dressed in his righteousness alone, faultless stand before the throne. God looks through the righteousness of Christ and sees us as faultless. What a fantastic truth to reflect upon in all seasons of life.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus' Name
Christ alone cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Saviors' love
Through the storm He is Lord
Lord of all
When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil He is Lord, Lord of all
When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless stand before the throne
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