Our Help in Ages Past

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

England was in the middle of a crisis. The sovereign, Queen Anne, was dying, and she had no surviving children. Many feared that her brother would become king. There was some relief when the crown was given to her cousin George, Elector of Hanover (in Germany). But there was still widespread concern and fear.

In 1719, inspired by Psalm 90, Isaac Watts decided to write a poem in an attempt to ease the fears. In this poem he sought to remind people to focus on God. He wrote, “Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.”

Watts stressed that He had been the same through “endless years,” and that “a thousand ages in Thy sight are like an evening gone.” The people did not have to worry: “Under the shadow of Thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure; sufficient is Thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.”

This poem, which became a great hymn, was distributed throughout England in a leaflet, which helped bring England through this crisis.

Today, as you begin a new year, spend a few moments and reflect on all that has taken place during the past: the problems you’ve faced, decisions you’ve made, situations that seemed impossible, or challenges that appeared overwhelming. Remember that God was with you through every situation.

Now, remember that He is with you today, and will be with you throughout the coming year. He is the same. His power has not diminished. And remember that He has been your help in the past. He knows what you are going through. And He will be with you in the future.