I recently released a new album (acoustic chronicles) and wanted to give everyone a breakdown of what these songs mean. They are all very deep and biblical so I wanted to make sure and explain them so I have a place for anyone who wants to know all the meaning behind them. Most of the lyrics are old hymns that I revamped to fit my melodies. This one is from a hymn by Isaac Watts called “O God, Our Help in Ages Past”. Here is my version in full.
Our God, and 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 will dwell secure;
Sufficient is Your arm alone, and our defense is sure.
Teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom, of wisdom
Your Word commands our flesh to dust, “Return, oh sons of men”:
All nations rose from earth at first, and turn to earth again.
A thousand ages in Your sight, are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night, before the rising sun.
Before the hills in order stood, or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God to endless years the same.
Our God and help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last, and our eternal home.
This hymn was published by Isaac Watts in 1719. He wrote it from Psalm 62 mainly. It is a beautiful biblical picture of Gods power and love for His people. In God alone do we find our refuge and strength? The chorus goes on to plead with God to, “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom”. What does this mean? It is the practice of an eternal perspective. We weren’t meant for this world ultimately. God created His children for eternity with Him. This life is merely passing through and preparing for us, for eternity. The second verse and bridge keep this theme of almighty God, able to do as He pleases and our confidence in Him and His plan alone. I pray this song help these truths reach down into your heart and soul to worship God more.