O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Hymn #566 in Celebrating Grace Hymnal — “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”

[pullquote_center width=”75%”]A thousand ages in thy sight are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night, before the rising sun.[/pullquote_center]

Time is such a strange concept. Each day has twenty-four hours in it; some seem to fly by and we leave things undone, while others crawl by second by second. And I’ve known people that I would wager had more hours in the day than I do—they fit so much more in! And does time take forever when we are waiting on something?! This is not a new puzzle; the Israelites were always wondering when God would act, and tiring of waiting for things to happen. In this 300-year-old text, Isaac Watts reminds us that our time and God’s time are different. We may find it easier to wait when we remember that God’s time runs on a different clock than ours.

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