Food for the Soul ~ Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Back in 2009, we spent about 6 months living in the St. Louis area while my husband was in training for a job. Because we "lived" in a hotel while we were there, we didn't exactly have a backyard for the kids to go play in. So, we spent many afternoons visiting the local parks. The picture above is from one in St. Peters...and it was one of my favorites for the pretty walking trail and for this gorgeous pond and landscaping. Whoever did their planters was a true artist. This one particularly struck me. Those incredible burnt orange leaves coming out the top of the planter call to mind the line in the hymn, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, "Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above." This is actually one of my favorite hymns of all time. So many truths are brought to light in it. Today, I'll focus on three.

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
by Robert Robinson 

Come, thou Fount of every blessings, 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.

Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I'm 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 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.


 First, God is the source of every blessing. His goodness bubbles up and spills out over all of us, whether we realize it or not. Each breath is a blessing, is it not? We are not guaranteed anything and we often turn our backs on Him, yet His mercy never stops. That, too, is a tremendous blessing to us.

Second, obedience doesn't come naturally. We need the Lord to "tune" our hearts and we need to be "taught" to sing songs of praise. Tuning does not come without some stress on the instruments and we can't expect to be molded into the person we were meant to be without some of that stress too. How can we know the blessings we have without the difficult times to compare them?

Third, we are prone to wander. It is in our nature to move from one thing to the next satisfying our desires. We need His love, His truth and His amazing grace to bind our hearts to Him. When we acknowledge that we need Him, He is faithful to provide us with just exactly what is needed.

I could go on and on with how this hymn speaks to my heart, but I will leave off here. So, can you see how that planter reminded me of "flaming tongues" set up next to "streams of mercy"? Isn't it wonderful how God makes Himself known even in nature? How great is our God! Thank you for stopping by today. Your visits mean so very much to me. I hope you find this a place of encouragement and inspiration. You are welcome here anytime. Blessings to you this week, my friend!

3 comments:

  1. I love this beautiful hymn...thank you for reminding us of God's goodness and mercy this morning. After reading your post I took a second look at the planter, and wow...it's a great visual. Thank you for sharing and may God continue to bless you and your sweet family.

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  2. Hi Nici,

    My heart is so light, when I visit you on Sundays. Sunday reading is what I call. So uplifting words and hope many of us bloggers or so called "blogger's come and visit and read Gods words.

    Have a blessed Sunday to you and to your lovelies.

    Greetings,
    /CC girl

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  3. I love this hymn too so much. I first heard it in a Thanksgiving Devotional from Brigham Young University about 8 years ago. As the choir sang, the camera panned over all the young singers and found serious faces believing the song they sang. Then at the end, "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 camera focused on a young woman with tears streaming down her face as she sang those words. i get all choked up when I sing those words too. It should be our greatest desire to be sealed to His heart and never to wander again, but live forever with Him and His son Jesus Christ. I also had to look up Ebenezer and found out it's an altar --something built to worship God. Thanks Neci for your post. Yes, we live in a beautiful world Heavenly Father created for us.

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Thank you so much for stopping by to leave a comment. I really appreciate you taking the time to write your words of encouragement. Your sweet notes make my heart smile! Have a delightful day!