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.
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
By: Robert Robinson, 1735-90
Listen as you read. This version from In Reverence by David Tolk.
You. He wants to hear you. And not just hear you, but see you. You see your life is a song. Actually, it is a song of praise. Your life boldly declares what you believe is worthy of worship, even when your lips are not moving and there is no sound coming from you.
You see, you may not be a great singer, actually you may be pretty terrible, but God wants to hear your voice lifted in praise. He wants to see your life spent to bring Him glory. He does not “hear” as our ears hear. As C.S. Lewis put it in his brief essay, “On Church Music”, God accepts our offering like a parent accepts the artwork of their child, not on artistic merit, but intent. The heart is the issue. [You can read the entire article here.]
Notice the hymn writer asks God to “tune my heart”, not “tune my voice”. After all, since the dawn of time He has heard the praises of heavenly beings, so how can my voice compete. Every day His creation pours forth praise, so where would my vocal chords stack up? Thankfully, His favorite song is that of the redeemed.
I love how theBrooklyn Tabernacle Choir puts it in there song, Favorite Song of All.
“But His favorite song of all, is the song of the redeemed,
When lost sinners now made clean, lift their voices loud strong…”
I hope you’ll sing, but I really hope you will determine to live your life before God, in response to His redeeming love, in such a way that it is music to His ears, even if the pitch might not be to your neighbors.
So what will you do today to tune your heart, or demonstrate to God you want Him to tune it? Comment below for someone make be inspired by your decision. Tuning takes time, and can only be done by adjusting untuned notes back to some standard. Our standard is His perfect love. Consider again today His never-ending streams of mercy and His redeeming love, and let Him tune your heart.
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