Safely at Home
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In his 1758 hymn “O Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” Robert Robinson wrote in the hymn’s second stanza, “Here I raise my Ebenezer: Hither by Thy help I’ve come; and I hope by Thy good pleasure safely to arrive at home.” The figurative reference to the Ebenezer is derived from the Seventh of First Samuel. The chapter records the deliverance of Israel from the Philistines by Divine intervention. Acknowledging that God had provided His people victory over their enemies, Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it “Ebenezer,” saying, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” “Ebenezer” is a Hebrew word translated and defined as “rock of help.” At his Sixty Second Psalm, David described God as his Rock, Salvation, and Defense. Jesus Christ described Himself as the Rock upon which the Church is now built, and all those who hear His sayings and do them are wise ones whose spiritual houses are built upon that Rock. By the Lord’s good pleasure, theses shall indeed arrive safely home.
Written and voiced by David Hayes Prophater