In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan was asked, “What’s the last song you would like to hear before you die?”
His answer: “How ’bout Rock of Ages?”
Well, I just had to pull out the old hymnal and take a look at the lyrics (written in 1776 by A. M. Toplady) and the music (1830 by Thomas Hastings).
After taking a look I just have to say “Good answer!”
I am especially moved by verses two and three.
Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill the law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone,
Thou must save and Thou alone
Nothing in my hand I bring:
Simply to thy Cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Vile, I to the fountain fly:
Wash me Savior or I die
Can you think of anything more comforting when on your deathbed than a song about God’s grace?
Life is not about our success. Life is about our Savior.
How much more the end of life!