Monday, June 30, 2014

Raise Your Ebenezer

– “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.”

Those words from Robinson’s hymn are part of what makes it such a favorite for many.  This is what we often feel, isn’t it – prone to wander, prone to leave the God I love.

And so, we come to worship Him, the One Who will never wander from us.  The One Who delivers us from sin and death and the One Who knows the very hairs on our head.  Whether you feel it or not, whether you feel prone to wander at this moment or whether you will later – you can pray now –

Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for thy courts above.

That is what He has done for you who are in Jesus Christ.  That is what He will do for all who call upon the Lord Jesus, believing Him to be the Savior for their sins and their only Way to eternal life.  And when He does that, you can “raise your Ebenezer.” 

Now what does that mean?  Ebenezer is the English transliteration of the Hebrew name “the Stone of Help” which Samuel names as he set up a memorial stone to remember that God had come and magnificently delivered Israel from the hands of the Philistines, recorded in 1 Samuel 7.

Has God delivered you from the snares of sin and death?  Then come and worship Him – He is your Ebenezer, our Rock of Ages, our Stone of Help.

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