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Meditations

Join us as we journey through the 2022 Lenten Season. Between March 2nd and April 17th, we will Fast and Pray every Wednesday. The fasting period will begin at 12 am and end at 6 pm. During this period we will collectively pray at 6 am, 12 pm, and 6 pm using the morning conference line (518-351-9376). You may only consume water or 100% juice during this period. Note: If you take medication and require food, please eat a light meal if possible. We will not be fasting Thursdays through Tuesdays, but we will still collectively pray at 6 am. We encourage you to give up something as a sacrifice to God during this journey. Mediations will be posted daily to our website and FaceBook page. When you feel like giving up, think of Jesus' sacrifice for us, and let that be your motivation through this period.

“Come Thou Fount” by Robert Robinson

by Dr. Zelda Robinson on March 24, 2022
How often have each of us wandered away from God? If we are honest with ourselves, each of us have wandered away from God at some point in our lives, whether in our minds or by our actions. All of us have a propensity to be distracted by the world and its vices. Those of us who have given our lives to Christ, may not turn away from God, but we sometimes allow the pleasures of the world to get more of our attention than we should. Satan will use the things that look bigger, brighter, and more prosperous to make us take our focus from God. For most, it happens gradually. We “catch” more hours at work just at the time when we need extra money. Before long we are missing bible study, Sunday service, our fellowship hours, etc. Our children are involved in extracurricular activities, and we can no longer do visitation to the sick. Or perhaps we work so many hours that we cannot ‘find’ time to read our bible as we should. The list of distractions goes on and on. Although many of the things we do are no bad or wrong in themselves, anything that takes our focus off God will cause us to drift away from God. Even if for a moment, and if only in our thoughts, if we are not careful, we too find ourselves, “prone to wander, prone to leave the God we love.”

The hymn, “Come, Thou Fount” was written by a young, twenty-three-year-old by the name of Robert Robinson. He was a gifted preacher, a talented writer, and a well-studied theologian. He was a devout Christian, whose written works about his Savior touched the hearts of many, but he was also a spiritually unstable man. He was known to be impulsive, eccentric, and one whose heart often strayed from the Lord. However, the same God who saved him and called him, was the same God who restored him. His life resembles the life of the prodigal son, written it the gospel of Luke (Luke 15). His own words, written in the hymn helped to draw him back to God.
Robinson was born and raised by Christian parents. They were very poor. When his father died, Robert was only eight years old. His mother desired to see her son become a man of God, but Robinson fell in with the wrong people, joining in with a gang of youths. He was 14 years old when his education was interrupted because his mother sent him to London to apprentice as a barber. There in London, Robinson became influenced by the gang, living a life of sin and debauchery. His actions were so bad that his family essentially refused to be responsible for his behavior.


His story goes on to say, that one day the gang disrupted a gospel meeting and began mocking the people attending.  George Whitefield, a prominent preacher of the time, was preaching. His text that day came from Matthew 3:7, where the Lord called the Pharisees and the Sadducees a “generation of vipers” and asked them, “Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?” Apparently overcome by the thought of the message, Mr. Whitefield began crying and warning his listeners of the “wrath to come!” The message touched Robinson and changed his life. He is noted saying, that for weeks to follow, he could not stop thinking about Mr. Whitefield’s message. Robinson said the words of the message, “sunk in his heart like lead in the water.”  For weeks he could not think about anything else. A few weeks later, Robinson, “found full and free forgiveness through the precious blood of Jesus Christ.” This change in his life produced a deep desire to learn and know the things of God.

Robert Robinson’s words of the hymn, “Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,” were honest, pure and prophetic. The song told of his salvation, but it also foretold his future episodes of straying away from the Lord. The song expressed how he saw in himself the propensity to “wander,” to leave the God he loved. For periods in his life, Robinson did just that, he wandered from God and lapsed back into his sinful ways.

Thirty years later, much older now, he was traveling through the English countryside when he heard the words of his composition being sung aloud by a lady sitting near him in the coach. The words he had penned 30 years prior were now returning to him, piercing his heart. The hymn came alive.

Robert Robinson wrote this hymn early in his Christian life. He wandered, but God drew him back. It is great to know that we can never wander too far from God, where He cannot reach us and pull us back to Him if we desire to be drawn back to Him.
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 measure, sung by flaming tongues above;
O the vast, the boundless treasure of my Lord’s unchanging love!
Here I raise my Ebenezer; hither, by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me, when a stranger wandering from the fold of God;
He to rescue me from danger, interposed His precious blood.
O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace, Lord, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
Take my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above.

9. How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 10. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119: 9-11

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