We sang this hymn at the church my husband and I visited while on vacation last week, and I thought I would share the story of Robert Robinson (1735-1790), the composer.
|.Robinson was an unlikely candidate for ministry. As young man he belonged to a street gang. One night they plied a fortuneteller with alcohol in the hope of getting their fortunes told for free —hardly an auspicious occasion for the work of the Holy Spirit. But the fortuneteller told Robinson, “You will live to see your children and your grandchildren”—and that comment made Robinson start to think seriously about his future.|
As a way of inciting his gang to mock Methodists, Robinson persuaded them to visit a revival meeting being conducted by the great evangelist, George Whitfield. Whitfield preached on the text, “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Robinson felt he was speaking to him personally. It took three more years, but Robinson became a Christian, and eventually a minister.
Follow the link below to listen to this classic hymn:
come thou fount of every blessing lyrics – YouTube
To listen to other hymns go to these posts:
My Life Hymn
A Stewardship Hymn –Take My Life
A Hymn About Church Unity