Rock of Ages

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Another well-known hymn, "Rock of Ages" expresses the fact that our salvation from sin is entirely God's work. Even if we could strive with unending zeal, give our best effort at repentance from sin, or bring our richest treasure, we can not atone for our sin before a Holy God. It is only by the work of Christ on our behalf, as the hymn writers says "Simply to Thy cross I cling". How powerfully does the last verse explain the depths of our sinfulness when the writer exclaims "Foul, I to the fountain fly, wash me, savior, or I die." Our worship will brim over in thankfulness as we dwell on all that God has accomplished on the cross!


Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands:
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.

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.

Nothing in my hand I bring;
Simply to Thy 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.

Words by Agustus M. Toplady (1740-1778), Music by David L. Ward
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