Wednesday, 25 March 2015

O God, Our Help in Ages Past (Composer: Isaac Watts)

Turning to the day as marking the opening of the year, a most appropriate religious sentiment is found in that hymn from the pen of Isaac Watts, which is a versification of the ninetieth psalm. The sentiment is divine, the versification so well done that the hymn must live and grow in favor as Christians add experience and years to their earthly lives.

Isaac Watt's Ninetieth Psalm (O God Our Help in Ages Past)

Our God, our Help in ages past,
Our Hope for years to come;

Our Shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal Home.

Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;

Sufficient is Thine arm alone.
And our defence is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame.

From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

Thy word commands our flesh to dust:
''Return, ye sons of men";

All nations rose from earth at first,
And turn to earth again.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream.

Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the opening day.

Like flowery fields the nations stand.
Pleased with the morning Hght :

The flowers beneath the mower's hand
Lie withering ere 'tis night.

Our God, our Help in ages past,
Our Hope for years to come.

Be Thou our Guard while troubles last,
And our eternal Home.

Below is a video featuring this beautiful hymn, "O God Our Help In Ages Past"


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