Ex.33:18-23 – Then Moses said, “Please, show me Your glory!” And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion to whom I will show compassion.” He further said, “You cannot see My face, for mankind shall not see Me and live!” Then the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”

Augustus Toplady

1 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.

2 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.

3 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.
foul, I to the fountain fly; wash me, Savior, or I die.

4 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 is an historic hymn written in the awakening during the 1700’s in England. It was written by Augustus Toplady and has been one of the most loved Protestant hymns of all time. Obviously it was inspired by Moses and his being hidden away in the Rock. In the first verse Toplady sings about the double cure of the blood of Jesus. He believed the blood washed away our sin and delivered us from the power of sin. Today we can hide ourselves in Christ. We have no access to the Father except hidden in the cleft of the Rock. This is where we find our life and our protection, hidden in Christ.

2 thoughts on “CLEFT OF THE ROCK”

  1. “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling”
    I had a picture in my mind yesterday of people driving their fancy cars, trailering and dragging their mansions, arms full of suitcases, even balancing one on top of their heads, all in line at death’s door. Baggage from what they obtained in life. Rich and poor, good and bad baggage, no real difference, stuff they chose not to let go of.
    Lord, help me to help them.

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