Grace in Music
By Cynthia Saladin


It is amazing how much we are affected by music!! My two-year old and three-year old know more jingles from commercials than I care to think about!! And music is the main ingredient in making ďHooked on PhonicsĒ a successful program for teaching reading.

Music can be a useful instrument, as in horror movies, for heightening our awareness and tension. It can also be used to calm and soothe. Given its powerful ability to affect our moods, and thus our outlook, coupled with how easily we remember thoughts attached to music, it is no wonder that so many early theologians used hymns to teach basic and deep doctrines about God.

Hymns teach, encourage, and exhort. ďCome Thou, Fount of Every BlessingĒ is one of my favorites. I find myself singing it quite frequently and am reminded each time of the power of Godís grace in my life. It truly is only by His help that Iíve come to this point in my life.

I hope these words bless you, encourage you, and give you renewed strength to keep fighting the good fight.

Come, Thou, Fount of Evíry Blessing

Come, Thou, Fount of evíry 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! Iím fixed upon it,
Mount of Godís unchanging love!

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

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily Iím constrained to be!
Let that grace now like a fetter
Bind my wandíring heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Hereís my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Below are related Scriptures:

  • Jesus Christ is the fount in the first line. Zechariah 13:1
  • We are directed to sing praise to God. Psalm 147:1-2
  • Wouldnít we all like to be able to sing the songs the angels sing! Revelation 5:11-12
  • The Ebenezer is the memorial to Godís help. I Samuel 7:10-12
  • Jesus Christ is our Rock of help. Deuteronomy 32:3-4; I Corinthians 10:4
  • Jesus has gotten us this far, and we trust that He will take us home to his kingdom. Hebrews 9:14
  • The symbolism of the rock, the foundation, and the sacrifice are portrayed in Moses striking the rock to bring forth water for the people. Exodus 17:6
  • Through the sacrifice of Jesus we are able to look forward to living in Godís kingdom. Thus, it is through grace we are saved. Acts 15:11
  • We pray that God will ďfetterĒ our hearts to Him through His grace. We want our hearts sealed for His kingdom. Revelation 7:14; Ephesians 4:30

Letís make a reminder (an Ebenezer) to what God has done for us. Our Ebenezer can be understanding the words of this hymn. Our memorial should be our actions. Letís raise our Ebenezer to God.