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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Inspired by . . . Hymns of Faith: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel: but the Lord thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel.
And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Bethcar.
Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.
1 Samual 7:10-12

In 1752, Robert Robinson, the author of "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, went to hear the evangelist, George Whitefield. He and his friends had intended to heckle the believer's and mock the preaching. Instead, Robinson's soul was awakened. Yet, he continued to walk in darkness for the next three years until he found, "peace by believing."

Three years later, Robinson wrote what has come to be one of the church's most-loved hymns. 

Those of us who have wandered, seeking redemption of our own power, can identify with his words.

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee:
prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here's my heart, O take and seal it;
seal it for thy courts above.

The imagery of Jesus seeking us out and bringing us back to the fold embraces us, and as we sing of a fountain, streaming with His mercy our spirit is cleansed by His redeeming love.


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