“Late in 1943, Ruth Caye Jones, mother of five and wife of a busy pastor, was reading 2 Timothy 3:1…. As she read the Pittsburgh papers, saw the World War II casualty lists, and watched the slow progress of Allied troops moving up the boot of Italy, it seemed that perilous times had already come. Rationing was hitting hard; discouragement was everywhere. How long could people continue in times like these?
Ruth took out a small notepad from her apron pocket and started writing some words. A melody came to her as she wrote. She had no formal music training, and she wasn’t trying to do something to make herself famous, but it was the right song for the right time. Soon people around the world were singing it.”
“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!
“In times like these I have a Savior, In times like these I have an anchor; I’m very sure, I’m very sure my 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”(From Petersen, The Complete Book of Hymns, p. 302)