God, Our Help

o-god-our-help-in-ages-past-david-mcfarlandDifficulties and stress can come in a variety of ways.

Eight visitors to a small house for my first Thanksgiving as a married lady, compounded by sickness two days before – a little overwhelming!

However, the Lord brings perfect peace when we take time and seek Him daily.

Before our guests arrived, I was reading Psalm 86. Through these verses, the Lord brought encouragement and peace in a flurry of last minute activities.

This prayer of David perfectly reflected my own prayer.

“Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.… Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily. Rejoice the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” (Psalm 86:1, 3-5)

The Lord is our help; the Lord will hear our cry.

In continued meditation of this Psalm, I am reminded of an old hymn by Isaac Watts which seems to portray some of the same truths.

O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Our shelter from the stormy blast,

And our eternal home.


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