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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 your throne
your saints have dwelt secure;
sufficient is your arm alone,
and our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood
or earth received its frame,
from everlasting you are God,
to endless years the same.

A thousand ages in your sight
are like an evening gone,
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
bears all its sons away;
they fly, forgotten, as a dream
dies at the opening day.

Our God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
still be our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home!”

 

 

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Isaac Watts 1674-1748

The first time I ever heard this song was in the early 1990’s.  I was sitting in the truck and Phil Keaggy’s thoughtful rendition with the Bach prelude brought tears to my eyes. It is still my favorite version of the song today.  The words by Isaac Watts are still timely as ever, echoing the words of King David,

“Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”  King David

Psalm 90:1-2

With this reality in mind that our time here on earth is like a stream rolling away or a vapor, when it’s been said and done, there’s just one thing that matters. We need Him today!  Cry Out to Him!  He is faithful to answer.  He will hear the your cry! “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” Ro. 10:13  “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9

 

Here is my favorite version of the song, which compiles many of my favorite elements;  Phil Keaggy’s amazing guitar playing,  the music of Bach, (my favorite composer) and the use of Celtic flute, (nod to Irish heritage) but also the deep cry of a heart for God  “O God Our Help, In ages past!”  LC

This traditional version is notable and beautiful with mountain scenery!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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