July 4

Tennessee Ernie Ford and His Recording of “Rock of Ages” in 1957

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In the Bible, the word Rock was mentioned 142 times. We usually associate the word ‘Rock’ with Jesus. But, have you ever wondered why the word ‘Rock?’ The word rock was first used in the Old Testament when the Israelites were grumbling for water, and God told to Moses to command the rock to bring water. Furthermore, when you read the Bible, you can find more evidence that the word ‘Rock’ pertains to Jesus.

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:2) “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God”

(Psalm 18:31)

Why ‘Rock?’

The word Rock is used to describe Jesus because like the rock that does not change or move no matter what and so is Jesus. He will be a strong foundation for every one of us. That is why it is always good to put our trust in the Lord.

The Meaning of the Song

The song “Rock of Ages” pertains to Jesus Christ. The narrator, who is a sinful man, asked Jesus to wash away all of his sins. He wants to repent and be a good person. He is ashamed of all the sinful things he did in the past, and he is afraid that God will not forgive Him. But, we are all lucky because our God is a forgiving God. He will clean us of all the dirt we have and make us pure if we are willing to let Him. You can also notice that God is powerful, and His power is frightening because the narrator expresses his fear of seeing God.

Tennessee Ernie Ford Recording

“Rock of Ages” was written in 1763 by Reverend Augustus Toplady. He wrote this song when he was traveling and had to find shelter because of a storm. His song, later on, became a famous hymn sang and recorded by many artists. One of the artists who covered his song was Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1957. Ford recorded the song as part of his best-selling album Hymns. This was Ford’s first gospel album and was also his first album to be Platinum certified by RIAA in 1992.

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Listen to one of the most popular Christian hymns of all time “Rock of Ages.”

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