Friday, May 7, 2010

Ebenezer (And, I don't mean Scrooge.)

If you've been around the "church world" much, you probably know the very classic hymn, Come Thou Fount. It is very popular.

This morning, as I was settling into my day, I received a text message that said:

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Hither by Thy help I come
And I hope by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wondering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

It was from Brian. Come Thou Fount is his favorite hymn. I wish you could all get to know my husband. He is the very best. This song suits him to a T. You see, Brian is an old man in the making, yet occasionally he'll surprise me with his hipness. This song is kind of the same way. It is old, yet it is constantly being recorded by new artists.

Anyway, Brian went on to tell me about Ebenezer. Do you know what this is referring to?

It comes from a passage in 1 Samuel where the Israelites defeat the Philistines and take back the Ark of the Covenant. Samuel placed the ebenezer to commemorate God's help. So, it literally means "Stone of Help" or "God has brought us this far."

Today, this song took on a whole new meaning for me, thanks to Brian. He's the one who enlightened me about this.

I immediately felt empowered by God's history of help. When, I am tempted to be distraught, I have to praise God because of what He has already done.

Have a great weekend!


one of nettie's girls said...

Come Thou Fount is one of my all time favorites, too. Thanks for sharing the truth of that song with us. I like how you turn a phrase: "God's history of help"!

Whitney said...

He's a gem. What wonderful insight! Praying all the time...

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Julie-CA said...

You should get a small stone to place out in your garden and have it engraved with the word "Ebenezer" in it. It would give you such opportunity to be able to tell all who come over and sit in your garden area of it's meaning and all about the Lord's faithful help in your life. If we actually knew eachother, and I knew your address and didn't live in California, I would have this made for you and give it to ya. =)

k_stin said...

Thanks for sharing about this! I did not know what Ebenezer was, but I always love reading the stories where the Israelites left stones to commemorate what God had done. I, too, love your phrase "God's history of help"!

Anonymous said...

beautiful. thank you for these words of encouragement. i have a few paintings that remind me of specific times when God carried me- they are precious to remember- thank you Lindsey, for reminding us of HIS truth. HG

Alabamamom said...

I thought of you today as I read my devotional which was on "Ebenezer". Then, at church you'll never guess what song we sang.Yep, "Come Thou Fount". I thanked the Lord for how He does things like that in the Body. It made me pause and pray for you.

Chelsea said...

Love that hymn! We sang that at our wedding. What a wonderful thought that God sought us when we were strangers wondering far from him!