Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing is a favorite hymn of mine. Every time I hear and/or sing this song, I'm flooded with awe and wonderment and thankfulness.
But, as much as I love this song, a few things have tripped me up. I went digging for understanding.
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Written by Robert Robinson in 1757 at age 22.
When singing this song, I really did not know what was meant by "ebenezer" so I went digging and here's a tid-bit that I found.....
ebenezer is mentioned in 1 Samuel 7:12 - "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."
I dug further and found.....
"The word Ebenezer comes from the Hebrew words ’Eben hà-ezer (eh’-ben haw-e’-zer), which simply mean “stone of help”. An Ebenezer, then, is simply a monumental stone set up to signify the great help that God granted the one raising the stone. In Robinson’s poem, it figuratively meant that the writer—and all who subsequently sing the song—acknowledge God’s bountiful blessings and help in their lives." (Apologetic Press, Here I Raise My Ebenezer! )
Fetter? a simple word that I ought to have known but didn't until I looked it up. Fetter are shackles which are put around prisoners' ankles.
So, the fetter part... not really sure how I fall with this one. In the true sense of the word, I do not need to be shackled as a prisoner. My faith is of my own free will. It is my choice, and God wants us to freely choose Him. Yet, my faith has created an unbreakable link with God. That link does bind me to Him.
These words, "bind my wandering heart to thee..." are words that I translate into praying for the ability to stay in the Spirit rather than in the flesh throughout everyday...for God's strength through Christ and the Holy Spirit. To seek Him first, always. (Romans 8, Matthew 6:33)
"Here’s my heart, Lord take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.” speaks to me as a reminder that my heart belongs to God. May His will be done, is my prayer. (Matthew 6:10)
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Those are my thoughts. What are yours? What hymns have you dug into for better understanding?
Hymns have so much depth; richness. It's amazing to me, really. At some point, maybe this year, I would like to do a hymn study --- to read the background information, and gain a better understanding of the lyrics, etc.
Have you "studied" hymns? Do you have any resources to recommend?