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Raising Ebenezer (SATB ) by Alex Wolaver, B | J.W. Pepper Sheet Music

The lyrics, which dwell on the theme of divine grace , are based on 1 Samuel , in which the prophet Samuel raises a stone as a monument, saying, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us" KJV. The English transliteration of the name Samuel gives to the stone is Ebenezer , meaning Stone of Help. The unusual word Ebenezer commonly appears in hymnal presentations of the lyrics verse 2.

Various revised versions appear in hymnals, often changing phrases or replacing the reference to Ebenezer. It splits verse 2 into two parts and the last half of verse 3 is appended to each part to form two verses. The melody is attributed to A. Nettleton, while several phrases are changed.

‘Here I Raise My Ebenezer …’

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Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

God heard the cries of his people through Samuel, and came to their rescue. And the hand of the Lord was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.


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Samuel wanted the people to remember, not just for a few days, but for years, for decades, for generations, how God had come to the rescue of his people when they humbled themselves before him. Many more dangers, toils, and snares were to come. Our stories are not yet over, and we are not yet out of the woods.

Many more threats await us and will assault our faith. We are prone to wander. Yet as we live in the tension of this moment called the present — where the rapids of the future rush at us and collect behind us into the pool of the past — we know who our God has shown himself to be.

He indeed is the fountain of every blessing. He is the one whose streams of mercy never cease and will be new again tomorrow Lamentations — And not only has he shown himself faithful in countless small kindnesses and rescues, but chiefly in the death of his own Son for us Romans , the mountain peak of his redeeming love, the Ebenezer we call Calvary.

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Jesus spilled his own blood to rescue us when we were wandering. How much more will he now save us from the dangers to come? He has raised the stone of help, and our hope to arrive safely home, come what may, is no mere wish, but a sure and steady hope, as sure as God is God. About Donate.