“A great song will stand the test of time. Some of the songs we sing today will be a blessing for many generations.” I remember hearing that lesson from Travis Doucette (a professor in graduate school). He helped me understand the power of a well-written song.
The Solid Rock is an example of a song that has been around for centuries. Edward Mote wrote these lyrics in the early 1800’s:
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust my sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name
On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
Church songs that transcend generations typically have well written lyrics, a hook, memorable part of the song (usually the chorus), and of course…the anointing of the Lord.
This Sunday at Gospel Community Church, we will be singing Hillsong’s Cornerstone. The writers took parts of Edward Mote’s hymn, added some culturally relevant lyrics, provided a useful chord progression, and blessed the church with a fantastic rendition of the classic hymn.
As we sing Cornerstone, I will remember that generations have worshiped the Lord by declaring that their foundation is build on Christ, the Solid Rock.