A couple weeks ago I played it with my guitar teacher and I couldn't stop playing it. I hope I'm not annoying my family, because I play it all the time. Seriously, I could play it all day. Sometimes you play a song and never realize what it means, which was the case for me, until last night. As Sarah was writing a blog post I played it for her for inspiration and I really paid close attention to the words. It was so encouraging and comforting to hear the words. Pay close attention to these words and I pray they will be encouraging to you too.
"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 unchanging love.
Here I raise my Ebenezer,
hither by Thy help I've 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,
interpose 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 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."
I just LOVE the last verse. It's so true how I can so easily wander from God. I feel like sometimes I do my Bible study in the morning, feel so closer to God, close my Bible, and forget about everything I learned about in my Bible study. So easily can we wander away from God and cling to the things of this world.
This verse is soooo awesome.
"Let that grace now, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to Thee."
NOW THIS IS SUPER COOL GUYS.
The definition of "fetter" is:
"a chain or manacle used to restrain a prisoner, typically placed around the ankles."
"Like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee."
Like a chain that restrains a prisoner, "bind my wandering heart to Thee."
THIS IS MY PRAYER EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
How can this not be your prayer?
That God may bind you to Him. That you'd never wander away from Him. That you'd be chained and bound to His Holy Spirit. That your heart would be close to Him.
"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."
I can't do this on my own, God. I can't live a second without wandering from You. I ask that You would take my heart and seal it for Thy courts above. Only You, alone can do that.
Side Note: We've been talking in church history about justification. Some people thought that we could be saved by works, but justification means that WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE ALONE.
The Five Solos are:
By Scripture Alone
For God's Glory Alone.
We can't be saved by OUR works.
ONLY GOD CAN SAVE US.
Okay back to the song I'm talking about.
Whoever wrote this song, was seriously thirsty for God.
I PRAY THIS IS YOUR PRAYER.
That you would truly want God to bind your heart to Him.
"Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; give me life in Your ways."
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right[a] spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
bouncing in to say bye,