I grew up believing that I could own a piece of the rock. They were the words to the Prudential Insurance Company jingle in the days before such a claim was deemed illegal. Later in life, that ad nearly got me in big trouble. I took a trip with my parents to Southern Spain. My dad rented a car and we drove along the Mediterranean coastal highway. It was a beautiful sight with the mountains seemingly kissing the sea at every turn. Suddenly, on the sea side of the road the Rock of Gibraltar was before me. At my urging my dad pulled over. I jumped out of the car and darted across the beach toward the familiar angular rock. Just as suddenly, I saw guards with guns flailing their arms and motioning for me to turn around. What did I know? So much for owning a piece of the rock!
A few weeks ago, in a Sunday worship service we sang a hymn from the past. It brought tears to my eyes as I recalled singing those same words as a teenager. It was as though my faith life passed before me at the sound of On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand. Suddenly, I realized the presence of Almighty God in my life over a long and continuous time. Just as suddenly, I understood that by faith in God through Jesus I owned the “Peace” of the Rock. Indeed, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and righteousness.”
Recently, my son shared a precious grandchild story with me. He and his young family visited a Church across town on Church Music Sunday. When it came time to sing a hymn my six year old grandson looked at his dad and said, “ Do you mean we are singing a church song out of this book?” It fascinated him so that he took the hymnal and held it by himself. He was able to sing along as he had never done before. What a sight to see his little finger tracking the words! What a memory made! Just think, in another 40 years he may start a new trend in Church Worship—singing faith songs of the past from books called hymnals. Perhaps his favorite will be On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand.
Building a heritage of faith is not random. It is purposeful, deliberate and incremental. Plant a faith jingle in your child’s heart. Give them a Rock Solid memory. It will be one they can stand on forever!
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. Isaiah 26:4-5
OPP (opportunity for action)—Google On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand or a faith song that is seeded in your heart. Play it. Sing it. Plant it. Stand in it. Rejoice in it!
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