I was listening to Come, Thou Fount a few days ago and was struck by the third verse:
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.
What could be a better description and acknowledgement of the human condition? I do feel myself prone to wandering, prone to distraction, prone to leaving or distancing myself from the gospel despite the fact that I have found such peace and hope there.
And why is that? We read that the natural man is an enemy to God – so is that resistance just built into us? Something in us wants to separate and put distance between us and the Lord? Or something in us is just irresistibly drawn to things that are inherently distancing?
I’m not sure which is more accurate but I feel that pull. So I love the idea of being able to give the Lord my heart in the moments where I’m not wandering, and love the thought of being sealed in that act somehow.
Let thy goodness, like a fetter bind my wandering heart to thee.