Rock of Ages

The hymn, Rock of Ages, according to Wikipedia, was written by Rev. Agustus Toplady in 1763.

Toplady was caught in a storm and found shelter in a gorge at Burrington Combe in the Mendip Hills in England.

He drew inspiration from his shelter in the storm to write Rock of Ages. Here are the lyrics:

1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.

2. Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law’s commands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.

3. Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.

4. While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.


Jesus Christ is our Rock of Ages.

“O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. (Psalm 95:1)

“He is the ROCK; His deeds are perfect. Everything He does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright He is!” (Deuteronomy 32:4)

“Take the staff, and assemble the congregation, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock before their eyes to yield its water. So you shall bring water out of the rock for them and give drink to the congregation and their cattle.” (Numbers 20:8)

“And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” (Matthew 21:44)

“and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they were drinking from a spiritual rock whch followed them; and the rock was Christ.” I Corinthians 10:4)

Click the link to hear Vestal Goodman singing Rock of Ages from her heart.

This was sung at my mom’s funeral and I surely want it sung at mine. It is a powerful song.

“Nothing in my hand I bring and as I close my eyes in death, Rock of Ages let me hide myself in thee!”

May Jesus lead you into a personal relationship with Him through the power of His Holy Spirit. He is your only ROCK in this life and in the one to come.

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