Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me

I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield[ and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Psalm 18:1-3

 

 

The hymn Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me invokes images of something to hold onto. A solid rock is something we can count on. To lean up against, to anchor onto, to build upon. 

 

The image of a cleft in the rock likely comes from a scripture in Exodus. Moses fears what will happen if he looks directly upon the Lord, so the Lord promises to carve out a place in the rock for him to slip inside, that he might be shielded from danger.

 

The rock, the steady, unmoving rock makes a space for us to find our shelter within. What a beautiful image for us this day. That as mighty and powerful as our God is, he carves out space for us to find comfort and peace within in his power. 

 

May you know that our mighty, powerful God cares for you so much that all that might and power has shaped itself in such a way as to be your refuge and shelter.

Belair United Methodist Church

8095 Shelley Mullis Road, Indian Land, SC

(803) 547-6631

Pastor Mallory Nickerson

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