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Raising Our Ebenezer

Cory Cole

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Do you ever have those "aha!" moments when reading your Bible where something just clicks for the first time?

There is so much of the Bible I have never read before, so in the past two months I’ve been reading through the Old Testament, a lot of which I've never read before! Last week I was reading through 1 Samuel, and in Chapter 7 is the story of Samuel subduing the oppressive Philistines at Mizpah. The Israelites were afraid as the Philistines prepared to attack them, and so Samuel cried out to the Lord on their behalf. God answered him and threw the Philistines into confusion in a loud thunder, and the Israelites overcame them. This verse is the part that really struck me: “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying 'Thus far the Lord has helped us.'"

Ebenezer is Hebrew for “stone of help."

It was really cool reading that because my mind immediately went the lyrics of the song “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” which we sang almost every week at The Swamp singing devotional last summer. There is a line in the song that says “Here I raise my Ebenezer// Hither by thy help I’ve come.” So it was really cool to read that story understand a little history of worship behind that line. It also just makes that song even greater to me. It’s such a beautiful hymn of praising God for his amazing and divine grace (Just in case you’ve never heard that song, the lyrics are posted at the end of the blog!). It also brings back so many sweet memories of the camp singing devotionals.

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I think back on those Wednesday mornings at The Swamp and am reminded of how incredible it is that we set that time aside at camp specifically to worship God and remember how good and amazing He is. Whether lifting our voices and hands to him, listening silently, raising our own Ebenezer, sitting or standing, everyone is able to worship and connect with God in their own way. It’s definitely one of the most special parts of camp for many!

If you’re like me and enjoy listening to worship music during your time with God, or if you just need a refreshing stir to the soul, take a listen to one of the devotionals we had last summer by clicking here!

Thanks for reading, definitely check out the lyrics to “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” below, it’s a really beautiful song!

Until next week,

CORY

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

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Hither by Thy help I've come
And I hope by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the throne of God
He to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily Im constrained to be
Let that grace now, like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Heres my heart, oh, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above
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