In school last week, we sang the hymn, Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Whenever I would sing this in church, I always wondered about these words found in the second verse:

Here I raise mine Ebenezer,
Hither by thy help I'm come;

What is an "Ebenezer"? All that came to mind was a grouchy old man who hated Christmas. But why would you want to raise him up? An odd picture.

Well, we are also studying 1 Samuel this semester and good ol' Ebenezer turns up there, too. 

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the LORD has helped us.”

- 1 Samuel 7:12

In Hebrew, Ebenezer means "stone of help". Mystery solved.

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.

A Good Start

Each day before we begin our studies we sing a hymn together. This week's hymn is "Praise to the Lord the Almighty" It has proved to be a source of strength and inspiration to me. I am one of those people who needs a constant reminder not to rely on my own power to get me through the day.

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee!
Surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee;
Ponder anew what the Almighty will do,
If with his love he befriend thee!