“When In Our Music God Is Glorified”
One of my all-time favorite hymns is “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” This well-known hymn was penned by Robert Robinson in 1758. Robinson was preparing to preach at the Calvanist Methodist Chapel in Norfolk, England, and wrote the lyrics to this hymn to accompany his sermon for the day.
I wonder, however, if you have ever noticed the word phrasing in the second verse. “Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by thine help I’ve come.” This is certainly a peculiar statement. What exactly is an “Ebenezer”? Robinson was pointing to 1 Samuel 7 where Samuel placed a stone in response to the Israelites defeating the Philistines and the Ark of the Covenant being returned. Samuel named the rock “Ebenezer” and said “Thus far has the Lord helped us.”
For us, the Ebenezer is something that points us to or reminds us of God’s help in our times of need. As we approach the 19th anniversary of 9/11, we might look back to many things that were our Ebenezer. It seemed as though we were able to lay aside our differences and for a time, be united. As Nancy West says, there’s nothing like a crisis to bring people together. In the crises of your life, look to our Ebenezer, our Stone of Help as refuge. May our prayer 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.”
Grace and Peace, Dakota