Rock of Ages Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Guitar

Rehearsal Player

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Bass
Vocals
Melody
High Harmony
Low Harmony
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Play in these Chord Shapes

Intro

Bb Csus Bb/D Csus
                                                    
Bb Csus Bb/D Csus
                                                 

Verse 1

F
Rock of   Ages cleft for me
F Fsus F
Let me   hide my self in   Thee
C Bb
Let the   water and the   blood
C F/A Bb
From thy   wounded   side which   flowed
F Fsus F
Be of   sin the   double   cure
F (Bb)
Save from   wrath and make me   pure

Turn

Bb Csus Bb/D Csus
                                                 

Verse 2

F Fsus F
Not the   labors   of my   hands
F Fsus F
Can ful fill Thy   law's   demands
C F/A Bb
Could my   zeal no   respite   know
C F/A Bb
Could my   tears   forever   flow
F Fsus F
All for   sin could   not   atone
F Fsus F Fsus
Thou must   save and   Thou   alone       

Verse 3

F Bb F
Nothing   in my   hand I   bring
F Bb F
Simply   to the   cross I   cling
C F/A Bb
Naked   come to   Thee for   dress
C F/A Bb
Helpless   look to   Thee for   grace
F Fsus F
Foul I   to the   fountain   fly
F Fsus Bb
Wash me   Savior   or I   die

Interlude

Bb Csus Bb/D Csus
                                                    

Bridge 1 (3x)

Bb C
Jesus holy   pure and lovely
Bb/D C
King of mercy       

Verse 4

F Fsus F
While I   draw this   fleeting   breath
F Bb/F F
When my   eyes shall   close in   death
C F/A Bb
When I   soar to   worlds un known
C F/A Gm
See Thee   on Thy   judgment   throne
F Fsus F
Rock of   Ages   cleft for   me
F F
Let me   hide myself in   Thee

Interlude

Bb C Bb/D C
                                                 
Bb C Bb/D C
                                                 

Bridge 2

Bb C
Jesus holy   pure and lovely
Bb/D C
King of mercy   hope of glory

Bridge 1

Bb C
Jesus holy   pure and lovely
Bb/D C
King of mercy       

Tag

F Bb/F F
Rock of   Ages   cleft for   me
F Bb/F F
Let me   hide my self in   Thee

Devotional

Rock of Ages

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Rock of Ages



My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34)


My grandfather lay dying. My family knew his end had come — he had been expiring rapidly over the past few days. He wasn’t eating or drinking much, his breathing became raspier. He lay in hospice with his beloved family gathered around him singing hymns. 


He had lost the ability to talk, and we assumed he had lost the ability to see and hear as well. But we sang, prayed, and read Scripture nonetheless. My grandfather was a believer, and told us before the loss of his faculties that he was ready to go home. 


It was a few hours before he would pass when we began to sing a favorite of his. 


Rock of Ages, cleft for me,

let me hide myself in thee. . . .


As we continued to sing about hiding in Jesus — about clinging to his cross, embracing his bloody sacrifice alone for our forgiveness — this old saint began to do what defied expectation: he began to mouth along. Bereft of speech, he tried to sing to Christ; robbed of much cognition, he joined the chorus; with failing body and mind, his soul made one final breakthrough. 


These words took on new significance in those closing moments:


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


And,


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.


I can still remember his lips moving, almost instinctively, as he was nearly across the threshold to that other world. It was his dying prayer: Wash me, Savior. Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling. Christ, let me hide myself in you.


Heart Lyrics


What is the song you could sing though half-gone? 


We have each hummed favorite songs while we lay on our beds. Yet, our favorite songs should be ones that we could joyfully hum on our deathbeds. 


Sitting next to my grandfather that afternoon, watching his soul leave his body, I can assure you that much of what is played on the radio or makes the top 100 charts will not comfort your soul wading into that river. In that moment you will want sturdy lyrics, unafraid-to-look-death-in-the-face kind of lyrics, lyrics about Jesus. You will (or should) want to sing a song that you can begin here on earth and finish in his immediate presence on the other side.


Imagine singing,


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;


You exhale for the last time on earth, and continue singing face-to-face:


thou must save, and thou alone.


This was something of my grandfather’s experience.


Jesus’s Death Song


Jesus had song lyrics on his tongue too as he died. In the last words Mark gives us, Jesus quotes from the twenty-second psalm.


And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:33–34)


Granted, Jesus is quoting a song that he’s currently fulfilling. He is the one surrounded and mocked by heartless men, pierced of hands and feet, having his clothes gambled for (Psalm 22:16–18). But he is also singing a song that boasts great trust in the Father, such as,


I will tell of your name to my brothers; 

in the midst of the congregation I will praise you: 

You who fear the Lord, praise him! 

All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him, 

and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel! (Psalm 22:22–23)


The first song lyric is grim — as grim and as dark as the Father’s wrath falling upon Christ for our sin. But it goes on to sing great lyrics of hope and trust in God, a song Christ wishes to sing both to testify before men and to have on his lips as he enters his Father’s presence — a lyric ending in celebration, for all time, that “he has done it” (Psalm 22:31).