Take My Heart and Seal It

This isn’t a communion meditation that I wrote.  It’s a call to worship that my wife wrote and delivered last summer. 


I have a soft spot for old hymns.  I love the new songs we sing too, but hymns are not only beautiful, they give me some nostalgia of my childhood growing up in the church.  I also like the glimpse hymns give us into the hearts and mind of Christians who lived 200 or more years before us.  One I particularly like for that reason is “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Robert Robinson.  It has the word “thou” in it – so for me it brings images of stodgy, judgmental, set in their ways, puritans.  But Robinson kind of cracks that mold.  First he says,

“Come thou fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace.”

He knew the human heart was a fickle thing that needed to be tuned regularly to be right.  I really like that metaphor.

But then he goes on to really surprise me later in the song when he writes,

“Prone to wander, Lord I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love.”

That line always grabs me.  Here, this 18th century Christian, before rock music, before Hollywood, and the internet and organized sports – this ancestral brother in Christ also felt a tendency to stray from God.  Life is so busy and there are so many things demanding our attention – we may not make a dramatic decision to leave God, but I find myself doing it almost as soon as I walk out the church doors every Sunday.  It’s comforting to know that I’m not alone and that Christians have been struggling with this problem for centuries.  So, this morning I hope you’ll join me with Robinson in making this request to God,

“Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.”

God, thank you for the blessing we receive from our brothers and sisters in Christ, those we have with us now and those who have come before.  Take our hearts this morning and tune them to bring glory to you. Amen.

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