You may know the song, Cornerstone. It is my current anthem. Everything stops when I hear it. I can’t help but worship and praise my God when it plays. It is a new version of The Solid Rock, by Edward Mote (1797-1874).
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
I remember singing this as a child. I love hymns that have stood the test of time. That mean as much to Christians today as they meant 150 years ago. I love how they bind us together over the years and over the miles. I love to imagine people NOT in my corner of the world singing the hymns right along with me as we praise God together.
This hymn has changed for me recently. I am certain that as a child, I had no clue what some of these words meant.
Then last year, I did a Beth Moore study on the Tabernacle. We drew the tabernacle several times, learned all the details of how it was constructed, what God’s instructions were, the procedures that had to be followed precisely by the priests who tended it.
Because behind the veil, in the holy of holies, is where God’s presence was. He had the Israelites build this intricate tabernacle so that He could meet with them there. The holy of holies was His dwelling place among His people.
The first thought that grabs me is that God so wanted to live among His people that He went to great lengths to make it possible. His glory is so great, that we can’t look at Him. So He made a way for us to be with Him and Him to be with us. He so greatly desires to know us and dwell with us.
My second thought, the one that is constantly on my heart these days, it that MY anchor holds within the veil. Within the veil. Where the very presence of God is. I know that the curtain of the temple was torn in two at the moment Christ died. I know that I am not kept from His presence like the Israelites had to be. Christ changed all that. God sent His Holy Spirit to live within us and guide us and comfort us. We get to live WITH God every day. Us. Common everyday people.
But the thought of what within the veil represents takes my breath away. I am anchored to the very presence of God. All Sovereign. All Loving. All Trustworthy. He is my rock, my defense. He is where my soul is anchored. And He is strong enough to make sure that my anchor will always hold.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. Hebrews 6:19-20