Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me
In the Word
… [LORD]… be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Psalm 31:2b–3
Of the Word
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 power.
A rock is stable and firm, generally unmoving and solid. God is called the “Rock of Ages” in this classic hymn. The writer prays, “Let me hide myself in Thee.” God’s firm promises of love and mercy sustain His people when temptations and hard times befall them.
We have done nothing to earn His love or forgiveness; they are ours only through the saving work of Jesus. His work brings eternal life to all who trust in Him.
Our loving God promises to be with us, even in death. The last stanza states, “While I draw this fleeting breath, When mine eyelids 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.”
Walking with my Lord
O God, my strong Rock, You provide safe refuge when life overwhelms me. Help me to look to You, because You are my strength and my hiding place. In Jesus' protecting name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Joyful, Joyful. Rev. Larry and Shari Miller, authors. 15/31. Hymn Text: LSB 761. ©2011 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105. www.lwml.org
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