August 19, 2011

Rock of Ages (When the Day Seems Long)

August 19, 2011
The most recent song we have taught is Rock of Ages (When the Day Seems Long) by Sandra McCracken. This hymn was written in 2005 but the lyrics feel much older than that. One of the most gripping portions says:
Rock of Ages, when in want or rest,
My desperate need for such a Savior I confess
Pull these idols out from my heart embrace.
Rock of Ages, I need your grace.
We have sung this song for several weeks on Sunday nights and will be introducing it in the morning service this week. If you are interested, Indelible Grace Music has the lead sheet for free download, as they do with all their songs. We also sing their arrangements of Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken and The Church's One Foundation. Their ministry is devoted to creating new arrangements for old but valuable texts, and they make much of it available for free.

If you would like to hear Sandra McCracken's recording of this song, you can do so on her website New Old Hymns. The full lyrics are below.
Rock Of Ages (When The Day Seems Long)

1. Rock of Ages, when the day seems long
From this labor and this heartache, I have come
The skies will wear out, but you remain the same
Rock of Ages, I praise your name

2. Rock of Ages, you have brought me near
You have poured out your life-blood, your love, your tears
To make this stone heart come alive again
Rock of Ages, forgive my sin.

Rock of ages. Rock of ages.
Bind your children until the kingdom comes.
Rock of ages your will be done 

3. Rock of Ages, when in want or rest,
My desperate need for such a Savior I confess
Pull these idols out from my heart embrace.
Rock of Ages, I need your grace.

4. Rock of Ages, broken scorned for me.
Who am I that you would die to make me free?
To give me glory, (you) took the death and pain.
Rock of Ages, my Offering.

5. Rock of Ages, “It is done!” you cried.
The curtain’s torn and I see justice satisfied
Now write your mercy, on my heart and hands.
Rock of ages, in faith I stand.

6. Rock of Ages, my great hope secure.
Your promise holds just like an anchor to my soul
Bind your children with cords of love and grace.
Rock of Ages, we give you praise.

words by SANDRA MCCRACKEN © 2005 SAME OLD DRESS MUSIC (ASCAP), 
music by KEVIN TWIT. © 2005 KEVIN TWIT MUSIC (ASCAP).