It could mean our nature, the good and bad tendencies in man. Let’s consider a third and final option. Sweet little old ladies have a lot of clout in society in getting social practices to pass from fringy to normal. When we are off a bit, we are not in our right “frame of mind.” This use of frame is referring to our joy and affections for Christ, how our souls are rejoicing in Christ. © Elizabeth Prata and The End Time, 2009-2021. “Frame” refers to a worldview or the system of beliefs by which one lives a life, and the description of “sweetest” is tactile or appealing to the eye. Reign of Christ/Thanksgiving Sunday, Year A, Home E: firstname.lastname@example.org Hillsong have a number of resources to support this song, they even have a four part small group study series which you can download for free – http://us.hillsongmusic.com/cornerstone-bible-study/, Amblecote Community Church Trading as Amblecote Christian Centre. This is what the latter part of the line calls us to. all other ground is sinking sand. In his dealings with us he does not forget of what frail materials he made us, and how little our frames can bear. Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A, There Is Now Did you ever wonder? 1908 Grand Avenue, “One morning it came into my mind as I went to labour, to write an hymn on the ‘Gracious Experience of a Christian.’ As I went up to Holborn I had the chorus,On Christ the solid Rock I stand, On Christ the solid rock I stand, God knows how persuasive kindly little old ladies are in cultural morality. Dr. Hawn is professor of sacred music at Perkins School of Theology. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. DY8 4BS, Kingdom Living: God and Beauty – Podcast 202/11, T: 01384 370365 Mote was a pastor at RehobothBaptistChurch in Horsham, West Sussex and wrote around 100 hymns. I dare not trust my own self, Christian writer and Georgia teacher's aide who loves Jesus, a quiet life, art, beauty, and children. Mote is writing on the greatest truth of Scripture; that our justification has nothing to do with us but rests completely outside of us, a one-time declaration that we are righteous based on the obedience of Christ on the cross and His perfect living unto the Father. It is a far greater challenge for me to put the Word of God above the word of a sweet little old lady than to put the Word of God above the word of a Unitarian pastor. Our own righteousness? Here's a list of phrases from Shakespeare. But the best ones arise from biblical meditation and are chock-full of rich gospel truth. Once I realized the meaning of the words it brought a deeper meaning to the hymn but it also forced me to ask myself a question. Even on our “best” days, we are radically dependent on the wrath-bearing death of Christ for our sin. The Christian life is one of ebb and flow. Trust only Jesus…nothing else but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. Some sources suggest it means our earthly frames, as in bodies, that we are so fragile and mortal, and can put no trust in ourselves or others. But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. © 1986-2020 WORLD News Group. Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:19. This is very disturbing. This, though, frees us to enjoy God. Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness; The sweetest frame is a philosophy of living that is appealing to one’s eye, but can have profoundly destructive consequences. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.” What an opening line is rich! One can quickly see how the best lines of Mote’s two original stanzas were combined to make a much more articulate whole in the stanza cited at the beginning of this article. What is the frame? The chorus, reflecting the teaching of that parable reads: “On Christ, the solid rock, I stand. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand. What did Edward Mote mean when he penned these words in 1834? Andrée resides in Philadelphia, Penn. Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. The incident in the Garden instructs us about false teachers, This is what repentance looks like: Dawn Hill in a moving testimony, Grace To You: Daily Readings from the Life of Christ. Perhaps its family? She is as formidable a force as there is in the world. He says don’t trust this and do trust this. Christ calls us to make him our frame. Perhaps its finance? Exalting the name of Jesus through Christian essays. ( Log Out / If you care to add to my library or just send a gift, click this link, & thank you! He remembereth that we are dust – Made of the earth. However, I came across this great explanation for the word –. Remembering, too, our weakness, he interposes by his power to sustain us, and to enable us to bear what our frame could not otherwise endure. I dare not trust the sweetest frame. I dare note trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. We have a couple of options. Mote captures in one short phrase the timeless truth of our assurance of salvation and coming before God. Yes, these bitter frames expose us. The husband informed Mote that it was their custom on the Lord’s Day to sing a hymn, read the Bible, and pray together. Scripture seems alive, I see more of Christ through every sermon, and my … Our salvation does not hinge on our ability to enjoy God but instead on Christ’s enjoyment of God on our behalf. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I discovered later that her favorite verse in the hymn was this: The power of this verse is in the understanding of the word “frame” as it is used here. Quotes from “The Ascension of Christ” by Patrick Schreiner, Book Briefs: ESV Men’s Devotional Bible, Book Briefs: MacArthur Study Bible (2nd Edition) and Giveaway, Follow deepsouthreformation on WordPress.com. Her commentary has been compiled into three books including Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me. Other sources suggest it’s about a frame of mind, that we cannot even trust our own thinking. Are we living, truly following the solid life of Jesus or are we building our life’s foundation on a sinking philosophy that is just pleasing our eyes?