A Hymn for Meditation

hymnalCome Thou Fount
by Robert Robinson

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.

  • What is the “fount” from whence the hymnwriter receives blessing? Secular thinkers make derogatory remarks about Christian devotion to this fount. What are the blessings which the hymn writer considers to be flowing from this fount?
  • The word Ebenezer is a transliteration of a Hebrew word meaning “stone of help.” At a time when Israel had suffered oppression under the Philistines, God led them to victory over their oppressors, and Samuel set up a stone which he called Ebenezer to commemorate the fact that God had rescued them. Why would the “fount of every blessing” be an appropriate place to raise such a stone? What is the danger from which the hymn writer is rescued?
  • Grace is the unmerited favor God shows to us when he forgives our sins for Jesus’ sake. What is the relationship between grace and the “fount” from which blessings flow? Why does the hymn writer feel such a debt to grace?
  • Secular thinkers accuse Christians of being too fixated on life after death. They say that the emphasis on the next life causes Christians not to care about people suffering in this life. What does this hymn say about eternal life? What attitude does the gift of eternal life evoke in the hymn writer?

 Text from Logos Hymnal Media Resource by Lexham Press