Dylan’s Deathbed Music

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!

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