Don’t Trust Your Sweetest Frame


I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name. On Christ the solid rock I stand…

There are going to be many times when my relationship with Christ is sweet, and I find myself in the “sweetest frame”. Scripture seems alive, I see more of Christ through every sermon, and my prayers are passionate.

Other times I won’t be in a sweet frame. I’ll be in the desert. Reading scripture will be work, prayer will seem excruciating, and I won’t have the slightest sense of the presence of God.

In the sweet times I’m tempted to believe that God delights in me because of my devotion. In the dry times I’m tempted to despair of God ever loving me. It can feel like a roller coaster at times.

But I dare not trust the sweetest frame. In sweet times I rely solely on the righteousness of Christ. I stand on Christ the solid rock. And I dare not despair during the dry times, because I still stand on Christ, solid rock.

God’s love, affection, and care for me never diminish while I stand on the Solid Rock.

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  1. says

    This call to stand upon the rock is exactly what my son and I are reading as we work through the first couple of chapters in Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris, as part of our church youth group.

    Your reminder of this hymn provides a perfect soundtrack to our study.


  2. says

    Wow Stephen,
    I really needed this tonight. I've been going through the "desert" and have been feeling so distant from the Lord. What a great thought , that even when I don't sense God's presence very strongly, He's still right there. Thanks for yet another great word of encouragement!
    Ron Reffet

  3. M Hickman says

    Today one of my co worker said she had this phrase in her mind. I looked it up on the inernat and found this song which I have loved singing for years. We both said the same thing that He the writer had to have gone through this as a phase in his life, just as we are dealing with things today, to write these beautiful words

  4. Faase says

    i know what it means sweetest frame is judiciary because i have experienced
    it is a Gods miracle that i still life

  5. thunderberrygrace says

    Just what I need to hear ..thanks for this spoke to me…and encouraged me so much!,,,i will remember that song in light of what you wrote…so no matter what "dare not trust the sweetest frame……soley lean Christ..the solid rock I stand…thanks God bless you

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