Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in thee;

Let the water and the blood, From thy riven side which flowed,

Be of sin the double cure, Cleanse me from its guilt and pow’r.

I find that songwriters have a gift for expressing the core truths of our faith with fresh and powerful images. One of the cornerstones of the Christian faith is our belief that we need a Savior. It was out of this belief that the hymn Rock of Ages was penned.

Augustus Toplady published an article in which he calculated that a person, who lived to the age of 80, would have committed about 2.5 billion sins.1 At the end of that article he published the words to Rock of Ages. He must have hoped that his readers would realize their total inability to pay the debt they owed for their sins, and would recognize their dire need of a Savior.

I don’t know how many sins I’ve committed. But I do know there is nothing I can do to undo those many wrongs. Rock of Ages reminds me I have a refuge to hid in, a cross to cling to, and a fountain to cleanse me. That gives me comfort and hope.

Take a moment to reflect on Tolady’s words, and then go to your Rock of Ages and take refuge in him!

Hide

Cling

Fountain

1 Bill Dagle:http://www.songtime.com/hymn/hymn0507.htm

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