Come thou fount

il_570xN.669933717_pfsjThere is something so comforting about a song that has been sung for generations, knowing the words have provided comfort to so many.  I grew up in a little church where I stood next to my parents singing the iconic hymns each and every Sunday.  I can remember walking into my grandmothers house and hearing the old hymns being played as she worshiped God right in her home.  We may not have the heavy burgundy hard cover hymnals in my church anymore but I know my kids need to hear those words that were so beautifully written by men and women before our time.

One of my favorite hymns is “Come Thou Fount”.  This classic points us right to the book of 1 Samuel, where Samuel is raising an Ebenezer towards the Lord.  I love how the Ebenezer, a stone of remembrance, is a reminder to have an attitude of gratitude.  Pointing us to recognize how God has helped us in our times of need.  Samuel writes in chapter 7, how we are to commit to the Lord – all of our hearts.  The Hebrew word, commit, means to be fixed, established, and founded.  He urges the Israelites who have just confessed their sins before the Lord and are about to be attacked again, to commit to the Lord.  This hymn continues with the iconic words, of bind my wandering heart to thee.  Showing us that Samuel knows how hard it will be for the Israelites to keep their hearts committed to God.

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When singing the words to this song, our voices still cry out for God to bind our wandering hearts to Him.  We are all prone to wander, we are all prone to leave the God whom we love.  We are still being delivered by the same God again and again, the very same God who saved the Israelites so many years ago.  Asking Him, to take our hearts and seal them for the courts above.

Let us grasp the importance of not only singing these words but actually raising our Ebenezers to God, the one who never ceases.

I will remember the deeds of the Lord yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.  I will meditate on all your works and consider your mighty deeds.  – Psalm 77:11-12

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