1 Samuel 4-8: Here I Raise My Ebenezer

Before Saul was anointed king over Israel, Samuel led the nation as the last judge. At the climax of his time, God used him to lead the Israelites in victory over the Philistines. After the battle, Samuel erected an altar to the Lord in remembrance for God’s great faithfulness to His people. listen to the words of 1 Samuel 7:12:

Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the LORD has helped us.”

Ebenezer means “stone of help.” We think of the crotchety old man from “A Christmas Carol” when we hear that word, but it is a word with great depth of meaning. IN the original version of the great hymn, Come Thou Fount, Robert Robinson used this word to express his gratefulness to God for His enduring faithfulness to see us through to the end. He writes:

Here I raise mine Ebenezer
Hither by Thy 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

What beautiful words to sing in gratitude for the grace our Lord has shown us. Let us raise our Ebenezer in full remembrance of all He has done for us, especially that He gave His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, that we might not perish, but live in eternal joy seated with Christ in Heaven.

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