I love beautiful music. A few years ago, my family and I had the opportunity to perform an arrangement of the hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by John Weyth and Robert Robinson. I like to study the music I perform and I realized I had absolutely no clue what it meant to “raise my Ebenezer.” I decided to look it up and found it to be an obscure scriptural reference from the Old Testament.
In 1 Samuel 7:10 – 12 it says ”
8 And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.
9 And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it for a burnt offering wholly unto the Lord: and Samuel cried unto the Lord for Israel; and the Lord heard him.
10 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.
11 And the men of Israel went out of Mizpeh, and pursued the Philistines, and smote them, until they came under Bethcar.
12 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.
13 So the Philistines were subdued, and they came no more into the coast of Israel: and the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.”
As a monument to the Lord’s help Samuel set up a stone that the Israelites might remember that the Lord had helped them. Just as Samuel’s Ebenezer was a way for the ancients to recognize and remember the miracles of the Lord, this blog is My Ebenezer. This is my dedication to recognizing and remembering the daily miracles that He works for me. As ancient Israel looked to that stone and remembered God’s miracles on their behalf they began to prosper. I too am looking for a miracle in my life that will turn the tide so that my family too will come out of our trials prosperous and once again prosper in the land.
I’d like to share some of my favorite verses from “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”
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 redeeming love.
Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
O 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.