“Here I raise mine Ebenezer”

 

“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

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

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” –Robert Robinson, 1735-1790

I may not agree with Robert Robinson’s overall confession in this beautiful hymn, but no one can deny the honesty contained within these words written to our everlasting Ebenezer which I now know means, stone of help, in Hebrew and is taken from 1 Samuel 7 when the Philistines were routed before the Israelites by the Lord God of Heaven and earth:

While Samuel was sacrificing the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to engage Israel in battle. But that day the Lord thundered with loud thunder against the Philistines and threw then into such a panic that they were routed before the Israelites…then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying “Thus far has the LORD helped us.” “

I love the heart, spirit and thought behind the words, I love the devotion in the lyrics and when I listen to this song that is what I touch, I touch the heart of Brother Robert as he wrote these words and I am blessed and I think thousands upon thousands of saints have also been blessed over the centuries (has it been that long?:) ) by this precious hymn and it will continue on, won’t it?

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