I just love the hymn, Come Thou Fount. The words resonate with my wandering heart. I love God but am easily distracted. I know I don’t always demonstrate my profound gratitude for being reconciled to Him by the unimaginable sacrifice of Jesus Christ. However, whenever I sing this hymn, or contemplate its lyrics, I can’t help but worship my Savior and be moved to share God’s love with others.
That’s why I want a beautiful copy of the lyrics in my new office. I’m hoping to move into the new space soon. This will be where I host coaching clients and possibly some small group Bible studies and discipleship groups.
My office will be in an old farmhouse we recently relocated to our property and are fixing up. We still have a ways to go before we’ll be ready to move in, but I’m beginning to daydream about the decor.
I made this set of 8 x 10 watercolor printables using the lyrics of Come Thou Fount. I’m planning to frame these and hang them in my new office.
My favorite verse will go in the center and so I surrounded it with a heart-shaped wreath of magnolia branches, leaves, and blossoms. I thought you might enjoy and be inspired by this set of printables as well. So, I’ve made them available to you in either a PDF you can print out on paper and cut to 8 x 10 size to frame. Or request the set of 8 x 10 digital prints if you prefer to print via your favorite photo processor.
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So maybe printables aren’t your thing but you still want to be inspired by the lyrics. No worries. Here are the lyrics to Come Thou Fount. I find they make a wonderful prayer!
Come Thou Fount
by Robert Robinson, 1735-1790
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 mine 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,
wandering 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 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, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.
In the printables, I put verse three as the central verse because it is my favorite.
What is an “Ebenezer” and why raise it?
If you just read through those lyrics and got to verse two and said, “What in the world is an Ebenezer?” you’re not alone. That always bugged me when I sang the hymn in church until I looked it up.
The word is the name of a place and it means “stone of help.” The prophet Samuel created a monument and named it Ebenezer on this site of the battle in which the Philistines were finally beaten by Israel and the land restored to God’s people.(see 1 Samuel 7:10-13)
God’s rescue of his people from the Philistines prefigured the ultimate rescue that would come on the cross. And it is the cross that is our Ebenezer. It is the symbol of God’s means of helping us when we were powerless to help ourselves. By his grace and mercy, we are reconciled to him through Christ.
When we contemplate how helpless and lost we were and how God rescued us, we really remember how we are in debt to God’s grace. His goodness and mercy anchors me to Him. I don’t worship and obey his commands to earn his acceptance. He has sealed me with His Spirit. So when, in my still in-progress state of being conformed to his character, I wander and stumble, I can rejoice that it is not my goodness that assures my status with God, but His.