Lyrics from Songs Performed by The Tabernacle Choir
Featured Lyric: Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing
Robert Robinson, in his famous hymn “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” referenced a bit of Israelite history when he penned:
Here I’ll raise my Ebenezer,
Hither by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
After the Lord had miraculously blessed the Israelites in defeating the Philistines. Samuel took a stone and placed it at the scene of two previous defeats. He named the stone Ebenezer (meaning “the stone of help”), saying, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12).
This Ebenezer stone was a physical reminder of God’s goodness. The stone of help, the outward symbol of God’s goodness, helped Israel remember the greatness of God. The hymn suggests that each of us do the same — raise an Ebenezer to remind us of God’s goodness and engender our constant gratitude.