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00151 - Rock of Ages

Updated: Mar 10, 2023

This song, written in 1763 by Anglican cleric, Augustus Toplady, used to be a staple hymn in the Anglican Communion. There is a myth that Toplady was inspired to write this hymn after he took shelter from a storm in Burrington Combe in the Mendips of England. However, it was written, it is a hymn sung across the English speak world for hundreds of years.

Psalm 18:2 says ‘The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer...’. (NIV) Also says my refuge, shield, horn, stronghold and salvation, all within one verse.

Perhaps scriptures like this were on Toplady’s mind when he wrote Rock of Ages. What the song assures us is that we can hide in the cleft of the Rock that is God. It’s so re-assuring to know we have a place of refuge through every storm of life and God is able to help us weather them.


When in need, hide in the cleft of the Rock of God.


Father, help me find peace in the middle of the storms of life I pray in Jesus name.

Action Point Don’t forget to have a time soon, when your focus in prayer is all about what God has done for you.

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