“Come Thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace…”
It seems as if my heart goes out of tune easily when the wind blows a bit rough or the road is scattered with rocks. But especially when life brings waves that go crashing overhead, leaving me breathless and even weak and somewhat lifeless.
“Come Thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace.”
Out of tune – exactly, is this place I find myself at times. But the words of the old hymn spoken aloud ring about in me a prayer: “‘Come Thou fount, of every blessing,’ flood on me grace and increased faith!”
Out of tune, the strings of other voices cause confusion and disorder, but I hear You speak words I have read: “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat …” Luke 22 verse 31.
“Jesus, God- tune my heart that I might again sing of Your grace.”
I have choice. Right now, yesterday and tomorrow. Perhaps at times I choose to squirm out of my Master’s Hand and give it a go in my own strength.
I have learned, that brings sorrow. So the suffering that I have is bringing me to a place to obey.
I choose right now, right here, to remain in the Master Player’s Hands. I choose to wait and trust and worship and praise, because
‘streams of mercy never ceasing’ are the ‘every blessing’ from Thou fount.
Come Thou fount of every blessing, that’s it! Yes, exclamation point.
It’s at His communion table. Yes, the fount that covers me. ‘Come Thou fount of every blessing,’ that has washed away my sin. It is almost too good to be true to think that my Father in heaven sees me –
not agitated, because Jesus took all of that on the cross, not angry at the way things are going, because Jesus took all that on the cross, not impatient, not unkind, not selfish…
because this ‘fount of every blessing’ covers me, and the Father sees me righteous – all because of Him. Can my brain even comprehend this grace? This is grace and mercy are beyond human comprehension. My heart is tuned to sing Thy grace!
This brings about a ‘call for songs of loudest praise.’
(I will refrain from using an exclamation point.) But, each moment I become out of tune because the flow of the world is cynical and bitter and faithless and self propelled, I will be enabled to take my next step speaking words of this old hymn:
“Here I raise my Ebenezer, hither by Thy help I’ve come.”
At the Table, provided for me and for you, I raise the ‘broken bread’ and think on how ‘Jesus sought me as a stranger wandering from the Throne of God,’
But as I chew on His provision, I rejoice that the hymn speaks my comfort and hope: ‘He to rescue me from danger, interposed His precious blood.’
He rescued me then, He’ll rescue me now. He’s increasing my faith that was weak and torn, by me speaking on a hymn and remembering Him. Will you join me in this right now?
“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love …”
Oh God, how day after day, week after week, month by month, year by year, You watch Your children, not enter the door of Your house, because it’s crooked and rough, because people are there, but at the Table, Your Table of Communion,
I’m forced to quiet my mind and hold on to the cup and face the never-changing love of Your sacrifice:
‘In that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly,’ (Romans 5:8).
“Tune my heart Lord, to sing Thy grace.”
“Prone to wander, Lord I feel it …” And Jesus You watch and see it. You see that I’m ‘Prone to leave the God I love.’ Jesus, will You ‘take my heart Lord …’
Will You ‘take and seal it’.
“Seal it for Thy throne above.”
The words that are recorded for me and for you, today let us take hold of and believe, this is Jesus and His words for us: “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
Tune my heart Lord, tune Your children’s hearts, young and old, and for some, very old, that the strings of our voices would ring out loud and clear as Simon is recorded in Luke 22 as well: “And he,(Simon) said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.”
“Tune our hearts, dear Jesus. Today, we choose, to follow You because You have provided for us. Help us to trust.”
Do you join in my prayer? Let us say, “Amen, Let it Be!”