Even though this song was written 20 years ago, based on a psalm written 3,000 years ago, it’s not hard to see its relevance to today.
While milk, pasta, and toilet paper are hard to come by these days, fear, worry, and loneliness are easy to access. All we have to do is turn on the news, walk down an empty store aisle, or consider any of the “normal” things that just aren’t so normal anymore.
The writer of Psalm 73, the inspiration for "The Rock of My Heart," understood this instability. His world was upside down too. In the first several verses of the psalm, the author stumbles along trying to make sense of things. And nothing makes sense.
God, why are you allowing this to happen?
Why are others thriving while I’m barely getting by?
Is my obedience to You worth anything?
The psalmist continues with this line of thinking until, as verse 16 says, he “went into the sanctuary of God.” From this place, the author gains new perspective. He grits his teeth and reminds himself of God’s constancy, His closeness, His providence. He pivots from his earthly perspective in favor of a heavenly one. He isn’t alone after all; God has a plan and will be with him no matter what happens.
You are continually with me.
You are my Guide, my Counselor, my Rock!
You will not leave me alone.
And this is His promise for us too—“I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
Such timely reminders are the reason we chose this hymn. As we fight the urge to worry about what’s next, to wonder if there will be enough, or to struggle through the sorrow of disappointment may we boldly sing to each other reminders of what we know about our great God.
“My heart may be broken within me, my earthly strength may depart, but You are my portion, forever. You are the rock of my heart.”
There are many people to thank for bringing this project to life! This song is used with the written consent of the writer, Matthew W. Bassford. We want to thank Brother Bassford for sharing his talent with all of us. A special thank you goes to Sister Glenda B. Schales for bringing the text of this hymn to life with a gorgeous melody and arrangement. May God be glorified!
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