A Hymn for Meditation

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come, thou Fount of ev’ry 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 God’s unchanging love. 

‎Here I raise my 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,

Wand’ring 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 that grace now, like a fetter,

Bind my wand’ring 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.
                     John Wyeth

  • To whom does the hymnwriter direct this song?
  • When we talk about prayer, we often talk about asking for things. We think the efficacy of prayer is demonstrated by receiving what we ask for. This hymn is a prayer, but it doesn’t ask for anything. What sort of prayer is it? Do you pray like this writer does? 
  • What does he mean by “streams of mercy?” 
  • Do you know what Ebenezer means? Do you have a commentary or Bible dictionary where you can research this term?  If you are not familiar with this term go to a Bible Dictionary and look it up. On the Studylight site, you can look in other dictionaries for more information. Read 1 Samuel 7:7-14. Why did Samuel raise up Ebenezer?
  • The hymnwriter says, “Hither by thy help I’m come.” What does he mean? Have you ever felt this way? Why?
  • What parable is the hymnwriter talking about when he says, “Jesus sought me when a stranger, wand’ring from the throne of God?” What is the hymnwriter saying about himself when he writes these words? Do you have a personal experience like this?
  • What does the hymnwriter offer to God at the end of his prayer? Why?

2 thoughts on “A Hymn for Meditation”

  1. This is a hymn that is frequently sung in my church and so I am very familiar with it. I have used it for a prayer a number of times and especially verse 3. I use this as a prelude to repentance and then submission and surrender.
    I’ve been following your hymns for meditation and like them all. This one is one of my firm favourites. Thanks for sharing.


    1. I’m very glad you enjoy the hymn meditations. After I started doing them, I added them to my blog in hope others would experience them the same way you do.


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