IN TIMES LIKE THESE written in 1943
A self-taught pianist and organist, Ruth Caye (1902-1972) married Bert Jones, a pastor in Pennsylvania, and together they worked in the evangelism field.
Late in 1943, Ruth, now a mother of 5 and wife of a busy pastor, was reading 2Timothy 3:1, which says, “In the last days perilous times shall come”. As she read the Pittsburgh newspapers, and saw the World War 2 casualty lists, and heard reports of the slow progress of Allied troops moving up the boot of Italy, it seemed to her those perilous times had already come. Rationing was hitting those at home hard; discouragement was everywhere. How long could people continue to live in times like that?
Ruth took out a small notepad from her apron picket and began to write down some words. A melody came to her that seemed to fit the words she wrote. She had no formal music training, but she wasn’t trying to write a song that would make her famous. She was actually just putting some thoughts on paper. But, it happened to be the right song for the right time. And, soon, people around the world were singing it.
In 1948, the Jones’ founded a radio ministry in Erie, PA, broadcasting a weekly family devotional program from their home called “A Visit with the Jones.”
Years later, when she was watching a Billy Graham crusade on television, she heard George Beverly Shea sing this song… her song… and tears came to her eyes. She said, “I can’t believe I had any part in writing this song. I just feel that God gave it to me, and I gave it to the world.”
Since the day this hymn was written, it has been a blessing to countless Christians at special times of need. It has brought comfort during illness, has been used widely at funerals, has encouraged and challenged Christian workers, and has drawn many to salvation.
Read this hymn, and – today – hold these morally tough times we live in up to the sovereignty of God.
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!
The Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One.
The Rock is Jesus, the only One.
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. (Chorus)
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. (Chorus)