“Fountain of Love”

“For with Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light shall we see light” (Ps. 36:9)

     INTRO.:  A song which exhorts us to seek the Lord’s fountain of life by which we can see God’s light is “Fountain of Love.”  The text was written by Kate Ulmer, about whom I have been able to find very little information, except that one website mentioned her as a possible follower of Charles T. Russell, founder of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.  However, she was obviously a very prolific gospel song author, because Hymnary.org lists 174 hymn texts by her.  Another website lists two, one entitled “Jesus Hears Me” from 1899 with music by Charles H. Gabriel, and the other entitled “Like Jesus” with music by Oran Williams.  The tune for “Fountain of Love” was composed by Tillit Sidney Teddlie (1885-1997).  It was copyrighted in 1935 by the Gospel Advocate Co. and probably first appeared in their 1935 book Christian Hymns (No. 1) edited by L. O. Sanderson.  Other well known Teddlie songs include “Heaven Holds All to Me,” “Worthy Art Thou,” and “The Lord’s Supper.”  Among other hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church for use in churches of Christ, besides Christian Hymns (No. 1) “Fountain of Love” may be found in the 2007 Sacred Songs of the Church edited by William D. Jeffcoat.

     The song mentions several characteristics of God’s fountain of life.

I. Stanza 1 refers to its life giving power
“Freely in beauty, in strength and power, Scattering its spray a life-giving shower,
Blessings bestowing untold each hour, Flows the blest Fountain of love.”
 A. God’s power of salvation is the gospel of Jesus Christ: Rom. 1:16
 B. Thus, it is through the gospel that Christ gives us life: Jn. 10:10
 C. Those who receive this life have all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Eph. 1:3

II. Stanza 2 refers to its rest
“Here for the weary, there’s rest most sweet, Freedom from sorrow and joy complete,
Here where the sinner and Savior meet, At the blest Fountain of love.”
 A. Jesus offers rest most sweet for those who are weary and heavy laden: Matt. 11:28-30
 B. This rest involves freedom from sorrow and the sin that brings sorrow: Rom. 6:17-18
 C. Thus, the fountain represents the place where the sinner and the one who came seek and save the lost meet: Lk. 19:10

III. Stanza 3 refers to its eternal nature
“Drink of its water abundantly, Ever abide in its tide so free,
Till we shall meet in eternity, Still at the Fountain of love.”
 A. Jesus provides the water of life: Jn. 4:10-14
 B. This water is a tide that is free so that we may drink freely: Rev. 22:17
 C. As a result, we have the hope of meeting in eternity: Tit. 1:1-2

     CONCL.:  The chorus points out that this fountain is flowing for each person who desires it.
“Fountain eternal, Boundless and free;
Blessings bestowing untold each hour, Flowing for you and for me.”
The Bible uses many figures of speech to describe the wonderful spiritual blessings that we have in Christ as a result of His sacrifice of Himself on the cross of Calvary for us and His revelation of the will of God in the Scriptures.  Just as a thirsty person would relish the cool, sweet water flowing from a spring, so we can be thankful that Christ has made possible the “Fountain of Love.”


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