Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tune My Heart to Sing Thy 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.
~ Robert Robinson, 1758 ~


As a child, I took piano lessons from an older man in my town who was a concert pianist. He was so "in tune" to the way the piano should sound. Often throughout the lesson he'd stop playing and tune a note with his tools. It was a grand piano, and the top was always open, allowing easy access to the strings. I didn't realize at the time, but looking back . . what a gift he had. His ear was tuned to hear the perfect pitch of each note.

When we stay in tune with God, our heart will be in tune to sing His Grace.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.  Luke 6:45

There's nothing sweeter then hearing one of my grandchildren singing to the Lord when they think no one is listening. Their heart is in tune to sing God's grace.

Grace: the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him. ~ Websters 1828 Dictionary



On dark days when the only song we feel like singing is a dirge, we can pray, “Let the music of thy promises be on my tongue”. This is no tear-jerking ballad of how I’m feeling. The promises of God will lift me right out of sad sentimentality and put music in my mouth if I will think steadily on them.  
Elisabeth Elliot


My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Psalm 108:1



10 comments:

Maureen said...

Abby, I so enjoy your posts about hymns and find myself singing them!

Mehrll said...

Love that song and beautiful illustration dig. The old hymns say it best!

Anonymous said...


You have no idea how much I enjoy your blog posts, especially this one. I used to be a teacher i a Christian school and on Fridays, as our faculty devotions before school, we'd sing songs and hymns. Sometimes we'd sing this one. One of my favorites, it would stay with me the entire day, making melody in my heart to the Lord. You are so precious, Abby. I am just delighted that i found this blog.

Maxine D said...

Beautiful thanks Abby - so often we forget to look up and sing when things are not going how we would like them! Yest when we do, the load is so much lighter.
Blessings
Maxine

Sylvia said...

I love this hymn,Abby! Thanks for this encouraging reminder to always give God praise!

The Soap Sister said...

Abby, your messages are always so timely -thank you for sharing your wonderful gift of encouragement! Hugs to you, ~Becky

Mrs. Smith said...

I love the analogy of your piano teacher being so perfectly tuned in to the pitch of his piano and our hearts being tuned in to God. This is one of those posts that will stay with me... Thanks, dear Abby! :) Hope you are having a happy June!

Vee said...

This is a beautiful hymn and I liked the story of your perfect pitch piano teacher. Perfect pitch people have always amazed me. I had a friend who was always and forever tuning people's guitars.

Jaybird said...

ear worm here....oh my!!!
I love that hymn, and have a framed fancy calligraphy on my piano:
"Come thou fount of every blessing...tune my heart to sing Thy grace.". Have you ever heard the second tune? It is also beautiful...fresher and springier than the original tune. If you do not have it, email me and I will scan you a copy!!
I am a born in Connecticut Texan, and a music minister at an Evangelical church!!
Blessings to you,
J

Sylvia said...

"Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" my favorite hymn of many.
Thanks for sharing this today!