Have you heard a parent say to their child, “Stay where I can see you”? I know I have said those words as a nanny for the simple reason that children often wander. They are careless in their play and often leave the boundaries given by their parents/caregiver because they are wrapped up in what they are doing. Yes, sometimes they are being disobedient or defiant, but quite often wandering is a result of a child running and playing and only focusing on what is right in front of them.
I’m afraid the longer I walk with Jesus the more I realize my tendency to wander. I often forget God’s faithfulness and become wrapped in my own self-pity or desires. On the other hand, the Lord does not have to say “Stay where I can see you.” Instead, our wandering is in plain view to Him and he often reminds us of His goodness and grace. When I wander He finds subtle (or sometimes not so subtle) ways to bring me back. He truly is constantly working to “tune my heart to sing thy grace.”
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing is a popular hymn that has been sung among believers generation after generation. The author can relate to our tendency to wander in our faith. Robert Robinson grieved the death of his father at the young age of 8. He struggled through his teenage years getting into trouble drinking and gambling. He and his companions mockingly went to hear George Whitefield preach. At his own surprise, Robinson was convicted of the way he was living and his heart began to be stirred by God. Three years later in 1755, Robert committed his life to the Lord and pursued a calling in ministry. The familiar hymn we sing was penned when Robert was 22 and was written to coincide with a sermon he was preaching. In 1813, the music was composed for the rich hymn written nearly 60 years earlier.
I am so grateful for the words Robinson wrote as a young Christian. Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing truly takes us on a journey much like the Christian life. We have a Savior that sought us when we were strangers and interposed His precious blood. His goodness like a fetter binds our wandering hearts to Him. We are prone to wander and leave the God we love. Thankfully we can look forward to the day we will be freed from sinning and will see His lovely face.
As you glance at your calendar this month, Jenny and I hope you are reminded of our tendency to wander, but more importantly that we are covered by God’s great grace. He brings us back time and time again. The March design can also be purchased as a print in our shop.
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
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.
Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great 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,
Interposed His precious blood;
How His kindness yet pursues me
Mortal tongue can never tell,
Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me
I cannot proclaim it well.
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.
O that day when freed from sinning,
I shall see Thy lovely face;
Clothed then in blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,
Take my ransomed soul away;
Send thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day.