Last night I had the privilege to hear the bands at Boyd Buchanan in their spring concerts. Of course Alex and his trumpet were incredible, but the second best part of the night for me was a saxophone trio ( actually there were 4 players) who played an arrangement of “Come Thou Fount” called Fantasia on Nettleton. Come Thou Fount is quickly becoming one of my favorite hymns, especially because of this one stanza that I have not been able to get out of my head since last night.
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.
Prone to wander. Boy, does that describe us well? So today, a simple encouragement to pray to seal and bind your heart. And out of that a wellspring of action should arise.
13-14Meanwhile, we’ve got our hands full continually thanking God for you, our good friends—so loved by God! God picked you out as his from the very start. Think of it: included in God’s original plan of salvation by the bond of faith in the living truth. This is the life of the Spirit he invited you to through the Message we delivered, in which you get in on the glory of our Master, Jesus Christ.
15-17So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech. 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 The Message (MSG)