The Solid Rock (1834)
Edward Mote, 1797-1874
The hymn began in the author’s mind with the refrain, “On Christ the solid rock I stand,/all other ground is sinking sand.” The rest of the stanzas came to him through the course of the day. The next Sunday, Pastor Mote visited the home of a fellow church member whose wife was very ill. The husband informed Mote that it was their custom to read the Bible, pray together and sing a hymn. So Mote produced the hymn that he had written earlier that week and the three of them sang it together for the first time.