There are three books essential for my own personal devotional walk: the Holy Bible, the Pilgrim’s Progress, and a good hymnbook. This past week I have enjoyed a hymn by Augustuss Toplady and the line “I muse on the years that are past” made me realize what a blessing this particular hymn would be for our elderly saints.
A Sov’reign Protector I have,
Unseen, yet forever at hand,
Unchangeably faithful to save,
Almighty to rule and command.
He smiles, and comforts about;
His grace as the dew shall descend;
And walls of salvation surround
The soul He delights to defend.
Inspirer and Hearer of prayer,
Thou Shepherd and Guardian of Thine,
My all to Thy covenant care
I sleeping and waking resign.
If Thou are my Shield and my Sun,
The night is no darkness to me;
And fast as my moments roll on,
They bring me but nearer to Thee.
Kind Author, and ground of my hope,
Thee, Thee, for my God I avow;
My glad Ebenezer set up,
And own Thou hast helped me till now.
I muse on the years that are past,
Wherein my defense Thou has proved;
Nor wilt Thou relinquish at last
A sinner so signally loved!