Friday, November 24, 2006

Be Thou My Vision

In this age of materialism (and yes, I can easily get as caught up in it as you), I don't want my focus to be on myself or on the stuff I think can make me happy. I want my focus to be on the Lord Jesus Christ, the Author and Perfector of our faith.

May this sweet hymn swirl around and around in your head all season long.

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee, Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle-shield, sword for my fight,
Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight.
Thou my soul's shelter, Thou my high tower.
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven's joys, O bright heav'ns Son!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all.

Ancient Irish hymn, possibly from the 8th Century, tr. by Mary E. Byrne


G.P. said...

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GP in Montana
whose strength is in Him alone!

Kelli said...

A good reminder and a wonderful hymn.

Paula said...

This is such a soul-stirring hymn! What a mighty God we serve!

Mrs. C

Kim said...

One of our favorite hymns of all time!!! Love this. Thanks for visting my blog and congrats on a referral soon! I'd like to add you to my blog role....


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