I needed this reminder of God’s provision for me today. Today, I needed to raise my Ebenezer – the solid memories of the blessed workings He has done for me, done for His Name’s sake – and fix my gaze once again upon the mount of redeeming love.
I pray it will be sweet a reminder to you as well. May you sing joyfully to your great Shepherd today, raising your Ebenezers of His help and grace.
Ebenezer: a commemoration of divine assistance (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Why so downcast, oh little soul? Why so disturbed within? O little lamb, everything is possible, for your Abba, Father.
Do you forget so easily, little flock, that your Savior has given you what he promised? That you have been clothed with power from on high in order to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins? He carries you. He shall carry you. Because, little lamb of the great Shepherd, it is to the Father’s glory that you bear much fruit in His name.
Hope for THIS thing. THIS matter. THIS lie. THIS sin.
And, hope for the NEXT thing. The NEW matter. TOMORROW’s lie. And the OLD RETURN of sin.
Just as the blood covered your doubts and carried your insecurity…He will cover your doubts tomorrow and carry your insecurity forever. Fix your eyes daily upon the mount of redeeming love, that He may bind your heart to His more and more.
Samuel took a stone and…named it Ebenezer, saying,
“Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
1 Samuel 7:12
Thus far the Lord has helped you. And that much more shall He always. Raise thine Ebenezer, little lamb, that reminds you of His grace.
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 mine 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 thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.
Adapted from the study, Mind Of Christ, Lesson 6, Spring 2011