Beneath the Cross of Jesus ~ Hymn 216

By: Steve Negley

Posted: March 2, 2020

Category: Daily Devotional

Devotional Thoughts Based on the Glory to God Hymnal

Isaiah 32:1-2

Some images just grab my imagination. Even though it is Winter (in Florida), there have still been enough mid-80’s days coupled with our patented sunshine to make me know how good it feels to find a place in the shade.

This Florida boy has never been to the mid-east, but I think people who do or have called that place home also crave a little shade on a weary day.

As Isaiah was trying to get the people to appreciate what goodness God was promising for their future, he probably grabbed their attention with this powerful word picture:

 See, a king will reign in righteousness,
and princes will rule with justice.
Each will be like a hiding place from the wind,
a covert from the tempest,
like streams of water in a dry place,
like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.

Isaiah 32:1-2

I have settled in the shade of a big rock or tree and found myself refreshed on a warm and weary day. And I have felt the refreshment for my soul that the hymnwriter described as “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.”

Beneath the cross of Jesus
I fain would take my stand,
the shadow of a mighty Rock
within a weary land;
a home within the wilderness,
a rest upon the way,
from the burning of the noontide heat
and the burden of the day.


Right now, I can imagine and feel myself beneath the cross of my Lord. It feels so good to be in the shadow of a mighty rick within a weary land. Thank You for saving and reviving me through my Lord Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.