Hymn: Come Thou Fount

Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

Hymn lyrics by George C Matheson and music by Dr. A. L. Peace

Hymn Lyrics

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

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
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
He to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

Come my Lord, no longer tarry
Take my ransomed soul away
Send Thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless days

Oh, 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, oh take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

Here’s my heart
Oh take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

Years since this hymn was written

A hymn to 'tune our hearts'

Imagine writing a song at 22 years old, not knowing that the very words you wrote would be repeated for hundreds of years! Although Robert Robinson seemed to have a difficult childhood, losing his father at a young age, and having to work early, he made a decision that would turn his life completely around. He decided to follow Christ at 20 years old, and he wrote this song two years after his decision.
This hymn challenges us to ‘tune our hearts’, just as we would tune an instrument, to stay true to our original purpose – whatever our Creator has planned for us to do.  That we would make sure we listen to the truth and align ourselves to that Truth.
Although he seemed to be someone who would be open to many different ideas and theologies, he did seem to need an anchor in his life. This hymn uses the word ‘wandering’ a lot! However it also talks of being ‘fixed upon the mount’ which is Christ, the Unshakeable. The song is also a prayer to ask God to ‘seal’ his heart, to protect it, so that even though he is weak, God will be the strong one.
Sadly, he seemed to become increasingly mentally unstable later on in life and died at the age of 54. In a way, I can appreciate the fact that this story has a sad ending – of course I am sad about the turn of events in his life, but it also tells me that people who follow God don’t have it ‘rosy’. It tells me that this is reality, and that we need to hope and pray that God grants us the grace and strength to walk through whatever He has planned for us in this life. This also tells me that followers of Christ can sometimes have mental / emotional issues too, and that we need to recognise it and seek help when needed – not ‘overspiritualise’ it!

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