Certain songs seem to survive the test of time. These “gems” continue to pop up in our worship services (contemporary or traditional.) They instruct and inspire modern believers just as they did in the past.

One clear example would be Robert Robinson’s “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” Since 1758, believers’ hearts have sung the first verse (“Tune my heart to sing they grace.”) And their minds have queried the meaning of the second verse (“Here I raise my Ebenezer.”) The question arises, “What in the world is an ‘Ebenezer’ and why are we singing about it?”

JEREMY COYER is pastor at the Christ Covenant Church in Seneca. He can be reached by email at jcoyer.ccf@gmail.com.

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