Reflections of Our Savior
Dear members and friends of Our Savior:
I think just about all of us have heard or sung the hymn “Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me.” It’s what we call a “standard” or classic among Christian hymns.
But have we thought lately about what we are actually praying for when we sing, “Rock of Ages, cleft for me...”?
Legend has it that the hymn writer, as a young man in England, walked a trail with high walls of rock on either side. Once a storm came up, he was so terrified that he found an opening in the rock wall, crawled in it, and was not only dry, but had a feeling of perfect security. You see, the rock was so solid and so firm and so strong, that no wind or gale could move it. He was untouched, unhurt by the elements. He wasn’t afraid of the storm anymore.
A cleft is an opening, or fissure in a rock formation. Jesus is our rock. He is our strength and our security. When we sing “Rock of Ages, cleft for me...” we pray that Jesus would provide for us an opening that we can crawl into to be protected from whatever threatens us. Jesus’ protecting love is so firm, so strong, and so solid that when we are “in Him” nothing can hurt us. “In Him” we have nothing to be afraid of.
We are “in Christ” by faith not only in His forgiving grace and love displayed on His cross, but also through trust in His almighty power, providence, and protection. We are “in Christ” when we live under Him in His Kingdom, in righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.
May our prayer always be “let me hide myself in thee...” as we flee for refuge to our Rock, our Savior Jesus. AMEN.
[see Hymn #389 in Christian Worship]