Give me the wings of faith to rise
within the veil, and see
the saints above, how great their joys,
how bright their glories be.
Once they were mourners here below,
and poured out sighs and tears;
they wrestled hard, as we do now,
with sins and doubts and fears.
I ask them whence their victory came;
they with united breath
ascribe their conquest to the Lamb,
their triumph to his death.
They marked the footsteps that he trod,
his zeal inspired their breast;
and, following their incarnate God,
possess the promised rest.
Our glorious Leader claims our praise,
for his own pattern given;
while the long cloud of witnesses
show the same path to heaven.
Isaac Watts, 1709
Read Hebrews 2:9-11
(“How did you ever get through that?” It’s a common question because our common experience in this life is often marked by difficult times. Isaac Watts’s time was no different. In this hymn, he wishes he could ask the believers already in heaven how they endured the things they faced. The answer? The Gospel. Admittedly, it’s easy to dismiss that as a church answer. But the Gospel means that Jesus became a man. He suffered. Not just the suffering associated with His death, but the same kinds of suffering we experience. He knows. He understands. And He knows how to overcome. Mark His footsteps and let His zeal inspire you.)