Sunday, February 2, 2014

Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing #16

I miss the old hymns that I remember from my childhood - there were no drums, no electric guitar and no mind numbing beat. It was just voices and maybe a piano or an organ. The choir led the congregation in singing - and the words of these hymns are poetic. I realize that there is a need for the modern "seeker oriented" worship music - but it is also necessary to have deeper songs (no offense intended to anyone who prefers the newer church songs).

I decided to have an "Old Fashion Sunday Hymn Sing" once a month on this blog.
I personally do NOT have a great singing voice - I used to play the guitar & piano but my voice is NOT an instrument. That's the great thing about this digital hymn sing, you can warble along without being embarrassed or without offending anyone else.

The hymns that we will be studying are taken from an old hymnal from a Baptist church that is no longer in existence - "The North American Hymnal" published in 1956 by "THE ROGER WILLIAMS PRESS"

I will also try to find a version of the featured hymn on "YouTube" to share with you each month.

Today's feature song is "O God, Our Help in Ages Past"  written by Isaac Watts (1674-1748) & composed by William Croft (1678-1727).  There's not much history about this hymn except that it is an English Hymn written during a time when England had just passed the "Schism Act" limiting religious freedom. 

Below the lyrics I have included a YouTube Video of this encouraging hymn - please take time to listen. 

Turn with me to number 546 in your hymnals and let's sing:

O God, Our Help in Ages Past
by Isaac Watts, (1674-1748) composed by William Croft,(1678-1727)

1. O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home!

2.   Under the shadow of Thy throne Still may we dwell secure;  Sufficient is Thine arm alone, And our defense is sure.

3.  Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame, From everlasting Thou are God, To endless years the same.

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

5.  O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Be Thou our guide while life shall last, And our eternal home!

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