tune my heart to sing your grace

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Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise

In this morning’s post, I’d like to tie everything together in the context of a song from 9:00 worship at WFPC.

The song – “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” – is a classic old hymn (1757) that I rearranged to a contemporary groove. For me, it stands as a metaphor for our life in Jesus and the way we experience foundational, classic, ancient truth in fresh and vibrant ways every new day and in every way.

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Me, Hans, and Brett

Listen to some of the words: “Tune my heart to sing your grace” – “Streams of mercy, never ceasing” – “Jesus sought me when a stranger” – “O to grace how great a debtor” – “Here’s my heart, O take and seal it….”

There is something deeply powerful about words that have been sung by millions of people in thousands of churches in hundreds of countries over hundreds of years. Talk about a backup choir of saints to give me confidence!

In our church, it’s the contemporary worship service that is best attended, but it’s traditional worship where people really sing. The best of the new songs seem to be those that still manage to capture some of the timelessness of the hymns.

Christian faith is this wonderful dance between ancient truth and modern expression. Jesus is the ancient of days and also new every morning. We sing about spiritual things that have been revealed and experienced over countless ages, and we sing our testimony that they are fresh and alive to us today.

1-Fullscreen capture 4302018 105334 AMIf you’re curious as to how my arrangement sounded, tune into the Live-Feed from Sunday morning. You can pick up Rebekah’s (excellent) message at the 26-minute mark, then my song directly following at 47. Click here for the video

My heart is always being tuned, and re-tuned, to sing God’s grace – DEREK

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it
Mount of Thy unchanging love
Here I raise my Ebenezer
Hither by Thy great help I’ve come
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood
O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be
Let that grace now, 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

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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