Upon this Foundation, Be the "Rock of the Ages"
When thinking about a rock, we are given an image of stability and an unrelenting foundation against harsh forces above our grasp. "Rock of the Ages" introduces us to the only Rock we'll ever need in our lives: Jesus Christ.
One casual look at the hymn and you will think it was a modern hymn or song. In actuality, it was hymn made by Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778). Stories tell that Toplady wrote this hymn after being stuck in a storm. He found shelter inside the gorge of Burrington Combe in the Mendip Hills (England). Back then, Toplady was a preacher in nearby Blagdon, and he found this incident as inspiration for this hymn. After writing the hymn, it was published in The Gospel Magazine in 1775. The preferred tune is "Toplady" by Thomas Hastings (1784-1872). Other tunes include "Redhead 76/Petra", by Richard Redhead or "New City Fellowship" by James Ward. In terms of Scripture reference, the hymn was inspired by Deuteronomy 32:3-4 and Isaiah 26:4.
The Rock refers as Jesus Christ as the person who we anchor our Faith. The reference was used to illustrate the connection between a smitten rock (Old Testament) and the smitten body of Christ (New Testament).
"Rock of the Ages" is a popular hymn inside and outside the church. It appears in 2553 hymnals and also crept its way into popular culture. It is said that this hymn was a favorite of many famous people like Prince Albert, J.E.B. Stuart, and William Gladstone. It is also a popular song among artists. Notable covers were performed by Alma Gluck and Louise Homer, Bing Cosby, Jo Stafford, Perry Como, Pat Boone, and Rosemary Clooney. This hymn is also took the spotlight in the following films like The Gunfighter (1950), How the West Was Won (1962), Norwood (1969), Paper Moon (1973), House Calls (1978), Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).