Part 8: Rock of Ages (When the Day Seems Long)
I have been wanting to write about this song for a very long time, and not because there is an incredible back story or rich history behind the writing of the song. Frankly, I just love the song! It reminds me of one of my favorite songs growing up after the same name – Rock of Ages. I can vividly remember moments from my youth when the classic line – “Rock of Ages, cleft for me…Let me hide myself in Thee” – was echoed in our home or church. While this new song is not a rendition of the original I find the same kind of feelings as I sing it’s lines. Rock of Ages (When the Day Seems Long) was written in 2005 by Sandra McCracken and Kevin Twit (of Indelible Grace) and is a wonderful song about the faithfulness of our Great God – Who never changes, Who is always Faithful and True. As Isaiah 26:4 says, “Trust in the Lord forever, for the LORD God is an everlasting rock”. I hope you come to enjoy this song as much as I do and better trust in and love our Great Savior God, the Rock of Ages.
1. Rock of Ages, when the day seems long
From this labor and this heartache, I have come
The skies will wear out, but you remain the same
Rock of Ages, I praise your name
2. Rock of Ages, you have brought me near
You have poured out your life-blood, your love, your tears
To make this stone heart come alive again
Rock of Ages, forgive my sin.
Chorus: Rock of ages. Rock of ages.
Bind your children until the kingdom comes.
Rock of ages your will be done
3. Rock of Ages, when in want or rest,
My desperate need for such a Savior I confess
Pull these idols out from my heart embrace.
Rock of Ages, I need your grace.
4. Rock of Ages, broken scorned for me.
Who am I that you would die to make me free?
To give me glory, (you) took the death and pain.
Rock of Ages, my Offering.
5. Rock of Ages, “It is done!” you cried.
The curtain’s torn and I see justice satisfied
Now write your mercy, on my heart and hands.
Rock of ages, in faith I stand.
6. Rock of Ages, my great hope secure.
Your promise holds just like an anchor to my soul
Bind your children with cords of love and grace.
Rock of Ages, we give you praise.
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