Today’s Bible Reading & Verse
Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. He also had seven sons and three daughters. – Job 42:12-13
When you suffer and lose, that does not mean you are being disobedient to God. In fact, it might mean you’re right in the centre of His will. The path of obedience is often marked by times of suffering and loss. – Chuck Swindoll
Today’s Song Story
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
God chooses whom God chooses –– usually a less than obvious candidate. He chose Moses, who had no gift for public speaking, to tell Pharaoh, "Let my people go!" He chose David, a mere boy, to deliver his people from the giant, Goliath. And he chose Robert Robinson to write this hymn, "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" –– a hymn that has blessed people for more than two centuries.
Robinson was an unlikely candidate for ministry. As a teenager, he was a member of a street gang. One night they plied a fortune-teller with alcohol in the hope of getting their fortunes told for free –– hardly an auspicious occasion for the work of the Holy Spirit. But the fortune-teller told Robinson, "You will live to see your children and your grandchildren" –– and that comment made Robinson decide to clean up his act.
Inviting his gang to mock Methodists, Robinson persuaded them to visit a revival meeting being conducted by the great evangelist, George Whitfield. Whitfield preached on the text, "O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?" and convinced Robinson that he was speaking to him personally. It took three more years, but Robinson became a Christian.
Robinson never got the proper education expected of a minister, but he became one nevertheless ––a minister so competent that he attracted learned people to his congregation in the great university town of Cambridge, England.
To my knowledge, Robinson wrote only two hymns, and "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" is the only one that remains popular today. But it is popular indeed, being found in practically every hymnbook. It is a hymn of praise to God for the blessings that he has bestowed on us –– and a prayer that God will seal our hearts "for Thy courts above!"
The original version of the hymn uses the word "Ebenezer," a word unfamiliar to most people. It refers to a place where Samuel erected a stone memorial to honour victory over the Philistines (1 Samuel 7:12). The wording has been changed in many modern hymnals.
–– Copyright 2006, Richard Niell Donovan
Today’s Worship Songs
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The Happy Song – Paul Baloche
Faith, Hope, Love – Mark Shultz
History Maker – Delirious?
Your Love Came Over Me – Keith Green
Keep the Candle Burning – Point of Grace
Light of the World – Matt Redman
Like a Rushing River – Misty Edwards
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