Wandering Hearts want to know.

I am working on a sermon that includes a few lines from a well-known hymn, “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” I spent some time reading about the history of the author as well as the history of the song. Here is the song for you to enjoy. 

The writer is Robert Robinson, I wonder if his parents thought through that name? Robert essentially grew up and was part of a gang in 18thcentury England. He and his gang of rowdy teenagers went to hear George Whitefield a famous and powerful preacher. They went with the purpose of being disruptive and to mock Whitefield. Well Robert left with a sense of dread after hearing the preaching of Matthew 3:7: “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” 

Three years later Robert made peace with God and set forth to become a preacher himself. Two years later he penned this hymn. 

1. 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 God’s unchanging love.

2. 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, 
Wandering from the fold of God; 
He, to rescue me from danger, 
Interposed His precious blood. 

3. 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 want to draw your attention to the third stanza about grace in it he pens these lines. 


Bind my wandering heart to Thee. 
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, 
Prone to leave the God I love; 

These lines are timeless, and endless in application but I want to focus on our proneness to wander from God, the God we love. 

In Paul’s second letter to Timothy he writes these inspired and prophetic words: “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”  -2 Timothy 4:3-4

Instead of feasting on the true Word of God we wander off into myths, we stop listening to the wholesome Word of God the healing Word of God and seek after the countless false pleasures in this world. 

Join me this week in praying for God’s grace in binding ourselves to the Word of God, the God-breathed Word of God (2 Tim 3:16). Spend some time today thanking God for His true and life changing living Word. Listen to your pastor on Sunday preach the living Word. 

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