Do you know the story of “O God Our Help In Ages Past” ?
In 1714, the English people were anxious because Queen Anne was dying and had no son or daughter to succeed her. Everyone was wondering who the new ruler would be. The previous regime had been intolerant and quick to imprison people who disagreed with them.
Isaac Watts was especially worried because when he was a child, his father had been jailed under the old regime. He turned to Psalm 90 and wrote “O God Our Help in Ages Past,” a poem that many people consider the greatest of all the 600 hymns that he wrote. It was a poem about how God is above human time and we can be confident in God. This world is not all there is.
I always love learning how the hymns came to be written.
Several posters have mentioned “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” Did you know that it was written by an insurance agent? Thomas Obadiah Chisholm had frail health that forced him to resign after only one year of serving as a Methodist minister. Along with selling insurance, he wrote poems and submitted them to various Christian magazines, receiving a lot of rejections, but some acceptances, and very little money.
But he never stopped trusting in God and extolling God’s unfailing faithfulness.
So next time you have to deal with an insurance agent, remember Mr. Chisholm and his wonderful hymn!