Tuesday, July 29, 2008

How will I ever get that old guy in the air?

So my lovely wife and I were sitting around talking and we somehow came across the subject of a word in a hymn we sing at church, that happens to be one of our favorites.  In the song "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" by Robert Robison the second verse goes like this:

Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my
Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.


You being the observant readers that you all (ya'll for the Texans out there) are probably have already figured out where I am going with this one.  Not to mention the fact that I have made the word bold and larger.  Of course, for 99.9% of us the first thing we imagine is who else but good ol' Ebenezer Scrooge.  I'm pretty sure Rev. Robison didn't have a cranky, old, miserly man (or duck in some cases) who paid Bob Cratchet in coal in mind when writing this song.  Well, we got to talking and decided that we were gonna find out what this Ebenezer was.  I know if my Dad ever reads this he will be going nuts saying "I've said that in church a thousand times while he was growing up!  Doesn't that boy ever listen?"  Sorry, Dad.  So I warmed up my Google fingers, started typing, and here is what I came up with.

Samuel took a stone and…named it Ebenezer, saying ‘Thus far has the Lord helped us.’” 

1 Samuel 7:12

The Israelites had just defeated the ever present Philistines and taken back the Ark of the Covenant.  To commemorate this great victory, Samuel took a big rock and called it Ebenezer which translated means "Rock of Help".  So in the context of the song the Ebenezer represents something spiritual which reminds usof God's presence and the help He constantly gives to us.  So basically, anything you would consider a reminder of God's help in our lives can be called an Ebenezer.  Which after finding that out, the line after the Ebenezer line in the song, "Here by Thy great help I’ve come", meshes that much better.  Well it did before I was just too ignorant to realize it.

4 comments:

One Happy Family said...

Thank you for answering a LONG TIME question of mine. Just didn't ever want to ask and be THAT person - bless her heart . . . the ignoramous who didn't get it.

Jenny said...

Haha... GREAT lesson! Now I know something new! Funny how some things that we sing are a mystery. There are a handful of hymns I sing thinking, "I'm going to ask Dan later if he knows what that means." Good for you for digging deeper and searching it out!

Jenny B. said...

Awesome, thanks for the lesson! I can hear the collective "Aha!" from all that read your post. Why did we not ask this question before? :)

One Happy Family said...

LOVE the new skin . . . now about a new post . . . or boat . . . or maybe some almonds with that dried cherry . . .