O man today’s reading. I want to write out the entire selection but this will have to do.
“But, O, how I mourn my sin, ingratitude, vileness
the days that add to my guilt,
the scenes that witness my offending tongue;
All things in heaven, earth, around, within, without, condemn me-
the sun which sees my misdeeds,
the darkness which is light to thee
the cruel accuser who justly charges me,
the good angels who have been provoked to leave me,
Thy countenance which scans my secret sins,
Thy righteous law, thy Holy Word,
my sin-soiled conscience, my private and public life,
my neighbors, myself –
all write dark things against me.
I deny them not, frame no excuse, but confess, ‘Father, I have sinned’.
Yet still I live, and fly repenting to Thy outstretched arms;
Thou wilt not cast me off, for Jesus brings me near,
Thou wilt not mark my mountains of sin, for He leveled all,
and His beauty covers my deformities.
O my God, I bid farewell to sin by clinging to His cross,
hiding in His wounds, and sheltering in His side.
Last week was a Eureka moment for me, and only now has been affirmed and cemented. Our church regularly sings the hymn Rock of Ages. Having sung it so many times in my Christian only this Sunday did the phrase “cleft for me” impact me in such a way. Like Elijah finding shelter from the storm of sin, in the cleft of His wounds.