Hymns in Our Hearts: O God Our Help In Ages Past

This beautiful hymn was written by one of the most famous hymn writers of the 17th century, Isaac Watts. Mr. Watts was born in England and at a young age showed promise with his ability to write verse easily. As a young man, he was tutored in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. He wrote many thousands of hymns and verses some of which are published in the book entitled Hymns and Spiritual Songs. Mr. Watts served for many years as an ordained pastor in England as part of the Non Conformist movement. He died in England at the age of 74.

O God, Our Help in Ages Past is a wonderful hymn of praise and supplication to God. It is full of faith in God’s almighty power to bring us through our time on earth just as he has for many others throughout history. Reading through it, it reminds me of one of the Psalms of David! Enjoy learning this one!

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 defense 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.

A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in following years.

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 light;
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.

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