Boundless Grace

1. Come thou fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart a song to raise,
Streams of favor never ceasing.
Call for notes of heartfelt praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet—
Grace to gratitude doth move.
Praise thy grace, I glory in it!
Grace so full of matchless love.

2. Not alone hath grace redeemed me,
Bought be with Christ's precious blood,
Sought me out when I, a stranger,
Wandered from the fold of God.

But beyond this great salvation
God hath shown be wondrous grace—
Called me with a heavenly calling,
Ever to behold his face.

3. O! to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Lord, thy goodness, like a fetter,
Binds my grateful heart to thee.

I will tread the way appointed,
Rough and thorny though it be;
In the steps of thine Anointed,
'Tis my privilege, I see.

The Fount of Every Blessing

The Bible presents the great Jehovah God as the fountain of all blessings both to angels and to men—"The Father of Mercies," from whom cometh down "every good and perfect gift." (2 Corinthians 1:3; James 1:17) We property appreciate our Lord Jesus Christ as the honored channel through which the divine blessings come to us; but we must look to the Heavenly Father chiefly, as the apostle has directed, saying, all things are of the Father; all things are by the son (1 Cor. 8:6).

Similarly God's people may feel grateful to their fellows of the church, to friends, and to the world, for blessings and privileges, honors and opportunities. But it should never be forgotten that God is the fountain of blessings, and that others communicate these blessings only through divine grace. We should feel an appreciation of the sunshine and the rain, of the flowers and the birds, remembering always the great source. Out of full hearts God's instructed people sing:

"Come, Thou fount of every blessing!
Tune my heart a song to raise;
Streams of favor, never ceasing,
Call for notes of heart-felt praise!"

The people of God should be the most happy, the most cheerful, and the most thankful of all people. Evidently a distinct blessing comes to every home in which the fountain of all blessing is praised. This thought was connected with the preparation of this music. They carry beautiful and soul-stirring hymns into many homes under the leadership of a good voice. We trust that many hearts may be started to singing His praises, from whom cometh all our blessings.

But the word "song" is used in another sense in the Bible. The whole gospel message is styled a "song," because of its beautiful harmony, richness, sweetness and cadence. Thus the sons of God are said now to "sing a new song," which none others can learn (Rev. 14:3). While they sing and make melody in their hearts to the Lord, these melodies permeate their lives and thus "sound forth his praises who hath called us out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9).

Oh, that the life of every Christian might bear a harmonious symphony to all his companions! How much this would do toward banishing tears and sorrow, and shedding rays of light on the pathway of those who walk in the valley of the shadow of death! Great blessings go with such heart-singing Christians. Their presence, their influence, their tone of voice, all show forth the praises of the fountain of blessing, directing the attention of the world to this great fount.