A hymn that  I only get to sing at funerals and appropriately so. But so much Gospel riches that we will be poorer for if we don’t sing this hymn in life. Jimmy Needham puts a lovely jazzy spin on it that doesn’t make you want to skip the track; unlike other thoughtful arrangements that helps the living express grief… yet death for the Christian is ‘Gain!’

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure.

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;
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;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die,
Wash me, Savior, or I die.

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When my eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See the arm of judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee,
Let me hide myself in Thee.

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