By Lauren Luckey (Worship Associate)
Hymns have always held a special place in my heart. From an early age my parents and grandparents fostered in me an appreciation for the rich heritage and faith that is found in singing songs that have united the Church for centuries.
While it’s hard to choose a single favorite hymn, Come Thou Fount is easily one of my personal favorites.
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet, Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I'm fixed upon it, Mount of Thy unchanging love
Verse 1 sets the stage for the hymn in its entirety and gives us the central focus: God is our source of blessing! This hymn is so God-centric that any reference to man is eclipsed in the goodness and faithfulness of God. Our response then is to plead, “Tune my heart to sing thy grace.” Like an instrument created to make beautiful music, our desire should be rightly declare God’s praise.
Here I raise my Ebenezer, Here there by Thy great help I've come
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wandering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger, Interposed His precious blood
Though the words can be easily glossed over, the second verse is by far my personal favorite! The lyrics come from 1 Samuel 7:12 which says, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us.’” Like Samuel and the people of Israel, God has delivered us. Never has God’s salvation been more clearly displayed than when God sent His Son Jesus to ‘interpose’ his blood on our behalf on the cross.
O to grace how great a debtor, Daily I'm constrained to be
Let that grace now, 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
Finally, verse 3 is the dynamic climax to this beautiful hymn. And how should the hymn writer desire us to end but by declaring our overwhelming need for such a Fount! When we come face to face with God’s matchless grace we are once again reminded of how prone our hearts are to sin against Him. Let it then be our prayer, even as we sing, “Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.”
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life.” Psalm 36:9