Daily Gospel: 4/5/11

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.

Not the labor 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.

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.

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.
 - "Rock of Ages", Augustus M. Toplady

1 comment:

  1. The last line of the first stanza can alternately read, "Cleanse me from its guilt and power" (in this way, enumerating its double-cure over sin).

    An amazing testament to the Gospel. Growing up the hymn never made any sense to me...it felt cobbled together, because in the hymnal we used when I was a kid, it had been re-edited to 3 verses and HAD been cobbled together. Such a shame.