Behind the Music - Cornerstone

Cornerstone, a modern arrangement of the hymn The Sold Rock, is quickly becoming a "classic" at The Creek. I love this song for many reasons and have highlighted Cornerstone in the past. Cornerstone easily passes through the grid of a great congregational song. It is lyrically rich, melodically memorable, and easy for the congregation to sing together. The original hymn by Edward Mote was already great, and the chorus added by Hillsong gives the song yet another reason to make it a staple in the life of the church.  

This week as I was preparing the set list, the second stanza really caught my attention. Edward Mote writes:

When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil
My anchor holds within the veil                                                                                                                                                He is Lord, Lord of all

Edward Mote poetically describes the darkness that this world seems to cast over God. Over the last few months, I have been reminded again and again just how dark is the heart of mankind. Some of these current events are the catalyst of my thinking: Planned Parenthood, Ashley Madison, the absolute mess that is the Middle East (ISIS), the killings of police officers... Yet this evil is not limited to current times. Mankind was evil in the past, is evil in the present, and will be evil in the future. Scriptures reminds us to take note of the evil and use it as a reminder that everything is not as it should be. Christ will return and set things right. Christ will reconcile all things to Himself. 

As wonderful as it is to know that Christ will bring justice to this world, in the meantime, we are stuck in this reality of the surrounding darkness. What is our answer for today? Mote goes on to write a beautiful phrase: my anchor holds within the veil. The phrase is taken from Hebrews 6:19-20 which says, “We have this hope as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul that reaches farther and enters into the very certainty of the Presence within the veil, where Jesus has entered in for us, a forerunner having become a High Priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” 

In other words, Christ has now given us access to the Holy of Holies. In the Old Testament, the dwelling place of God was in the Holy of Holies and only the High Priest had access to the Holy of Holies and only once year. Now, because of the work of Christ, we have continual access to the Most High God through Christ, our Perfect Mediator. In the meantime, we are to rest on our perfect mediating anchor, Christ.