Today’s Scripture Reading & Verse
Hosea 4-5 and James 4
Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:7-8
Pray often, for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God. and a scourge for Satan. – John Bunyan
Today’s Song Story
Rock of Ages
"Rock of Ages" was written by Augustus Montague Toplady, an Anglican clergyman. The tune, Toplady, was named in his honour.
Toplady’s father was a soldier who died in battle while Toplady was a still an infant, so he grew up in the care of his mother. He proved precocious, writing hymns as a young teenager, but dated his conversion to a worship service that he attended when he was 16 years old –– a service conducted in a barn by an uneducated Methodist layman.
Even though he was converted by a Methodist lay-preacher, Toplady was a thoroughgoing Calvinist and a strong supporter of the doctrine of election. He jousted verbally with the Wesley’s for years over the issue of election vs. free will. His position as editor of The Gospel Magazine gave him a forum to write polemics against the Wesley’s and their doctrine of free will –– and write them he did. He accused Wesley of "Satanic shamelessness." Wesley responded, "I do not fight with chimney-sweeps."
Toplady wrote "Rock of Ages" in support of the doctrine of election. The hymn emphasizes human helplessness in the face of sin and our total reliance on God’s mercy for forgiveness.
Toplady became ill with tuberculosis when he was 36 years old, and lived only two more years. It was while he was ill that he wrote this hymn.
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan
Today’s Worship Songs
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Dance – Jesus Culture
Move In Me – Jeremy Camp
It is Well With My Soul – Hillsong
Called Me Higher – All Sons & Daughters
You Are Love – Darlene Zschech
I Really Love You – Bethel
The Great Day – Michael W. Smith and Darlene Zschech
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LaSalle, Quebec, Canada
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