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IN TIMES LIKE THESE

April 25, 2020

This week I woke up singing a hymn from my childhood days, “IN TIMES LIKE THESE.” I haven’t sung this song in ages, and I was not sure that I was singing it correctly, so, I went to my hymnals and searched them until I found one that had the song in it. I was then able to sing the song completely and concluded that the words were relevant for today. Let me share two of the verses and chorus with you, so those of you that never heard this song will understand what I am talking about.

In times like these you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

In times like these you need the Bible,
In times like these, O be not idle;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

This Rock is Jesus, Yes He’s the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure.
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

According to the dictionary, a savior is a person who saves someone or something (especially a country or cause) from danger, and who is regarded with the veneration of a religious figure. A savior is a rescuer, liberator, deliverer, emancipator, champion, a knight in shining armor, a friend in need, and Good Samaritan. Additionally, the dictionary states in Christianity it is God or Jesus Christ as the redeemer of sin and saver of souls.

The word anchor means reliable or principal support, a mainstay, something that serves to hold an object firmly, and without looking up the definition of “solid rock” we know that it is something hard that cannot be broken, and when an anchor grasps it, nothing is moving.

I am sure that all of us can say without a doubt we are living at a time where we are experiencing moment to moment changes and we need something tangible on which to hold. Our answer to this is declared in the song. We know God sent Jesus to redeem, save, and deliver us. Jesus is our rock, our answer, and only hope. Though the world has many gods there is only One for all the rest are conjured up by man; thus, all of them will fail and are like shifting sand. Nevertheless, thank God, we have a Savior, we are not dillydallying but anchoring on Jesus our solid rock.

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