This past Sunday in our church, we sang “The Solid Rock.” You know the one, we play it all the time on enLighten. In fact, Christians have been singing it for more than 175 years, as it was written back in 1834 by one Edward Mote:
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.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
Of course, that led me to do a search through the Scriptures to read verses that speak of God and His son Jesus as being a rock for us not only to stand on, but to cling to as well … whether we’re speaking of hope, heart or house.
Matthew 7:25 reads: “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” In my own non-theological interpretation of this verse, I define this to mean not necessarily only the physical building that we live in, but include torrential blasts that come upon our own human body as well.
The Prophet Isaiah writes in Chapter 26, Verse 4: “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.” Of course, King Solomon wrote very similar words in one of my personal favorite pieces of Scripture, Proverbs 3:5 & 6, where he says:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Oh, Lord … if we were only able to, would allow ourselves to truly put our full trust and faith in you at all times. I don’t know about you, but I certainly struggle with this daily. And, in my daily walk through life, including what we present on enLighten and what I feel led to share with you, our dear listeners … my constant prayer is that of Psalm 19:14:
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
From the Mailbox . . .
I listened to enLighten when you first came on XM Radio way back then (2006) and sort of enjoyed your programming. The shows were good but the music was repeated a lot, which drove me nuts. In fact I would not listen all that much because of the repeats.
Well, SIR, I must say I can’t hardly turn off enLighten now that I’m back on the road after a 4-year local run in Texas, during which I let my XM subscription go. I LOVE enLighten and can’t get enough. About the only time I turn to another channel is to listen to NASCAR races or Bluegrass Junction.
I just want to Thank You for really bringing satellite radio to its full potential and for all the different groups you play. I have had the privilege of introducing enLighten to many people across the country who love Gospel Music but can’t get it where they live. Once I explain about satellite radio, they are usually hooked.
P.S. – Thank you for getting your hands on a lot of the older music you play. I first heard the Happy Goodmans at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1968. I LOVE MY SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC!
Mark, Irwin, Texas
Mark introduces a couple of points which we’ll address in a future message on this page. Meanwhile, please keep telling others about enLighten and Sirius XM Radio. I sincerely believe there are thousands who love this great music who are not familiar with enLighten … plus many who already have a satellite receiver in their car but do not realize it, let alone that they can be listening to their favorite music wherever they live, wherever they go. Be an angel and tell them. Thank you.