“Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”…

We all need something solid to stand on, to ground us, to provide a refuge for us. How blessed we are that Christ is our foundation, sure & unchanging. What comfort we can take from the hiding place & shelter He provides for us. The Psalmist says, “From the ends of the earth I call to you. I call as my heart grows faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.”

 

But, if you’re out of strength, beloved, hear this: Not only can we cling to Him, He clings to us too. Jennifer Knapp sang a declaration, “I will not be shaken from the Rock that clings to me” (emphasis mine). Whatever condition we are in, however far we’ve tried to run, we cannot escape the kind constraints of His Presence & Love. As Charles Wesley & Augustus Toplady wrote in 1763, let us seek the cleft He offers us in Himself.

“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 it’s guilt and pow’r

Nothing in my hand I bring

Simply to Thy cross I cling.”

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