One of my all time favorite hymns is Come Thou Fount. When I’m driving, looking for something, or doing anything really, there’s a good chance you’ll catch me (poorly) humming the tune or singing a few lines. Pieces of it are on my desk and taped to my wall, and the lyrics are tattooed on my heart. The entire song so perfectly describes my walk with God, and every time I hear it I just so clearly feel His presence.
One of my favorite lines out of the entire song is one of the first ones, “Tune my heart to sing Thy grace,” and oh, how often do I need to hear those sweet words. In times of trouble, God calls us to just keep on praising Him, no matter how achy our hearts are or how unstitched our souls.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.”
But it’s so hard to remember this and to actually praise Him in the middle. It’s so easy to ask Him for the blessing you desire without thanking Him for the blessing He has already provided. And oh, it’s just as easy to forget how truly blessed we are in the middle.
But He can help that. Our messy little hearts just need Him to lovingly tune them. And when you ask Him to (no matter how many times you ask Him to), He does. He fixes your little heart right up.
Once your heart has been so perfectly tuned by God, it’s so much easier to follow His call of praise in the middle. And when you’re singing His praises? Well the middle doesn’t seem nearly as bad to begin with.
Oh friend, ask for a fresh tuning. Ask for a heart that will sing His praise in the middle of anything. Because no one carries us through our problems like our magnificent God. And nothing can fix any situation quite like singing out His truth.