Be Thou My Vision: Musings with Lyrics and Video


The Christian poem and Hymn known as by though my vision has been on my mind and heart recently.  Now perhaps it is connected to my mother’s vision loss issues but there is more to it.   If we are truly surrendered to seeing with God’s vision, eyes can be opened to things people are blind.   When surrendered to the Kingdom of God and have your eyes, ears, and heart opened to the realities of God there is awe, wonder, and fear.  You also are aware of the reality of how lost people are in the darkness of the world.  People are lost because not only are there the realities of God but the realities of evil.  People need to have eyes opened to see.  If they do not see their own sin, the lostness, the emptiness, the futility they cannot turn to the light.  Part of sharing the light of the Gospel is presenting things in such a way that they may see.   This in part is the essence of Matthew 5:16.  “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  What people do see and are attuned to, is what we say and do.  They see our reflection and if there is nothing different that makes them take notice there is nothing that will open the eyes, ears, and heart to that which they cannot. 

Yet, God as our vision is not just being aware of the spiritual realities, it is also a matter of our focus.  The things of this world including the joys and the pains can easily distract and result in a loss of focus.  When we loss focus it is easy to be swayed by fears and despairs.  We begin to sink like Peter.  So we need to continually have our vision and focus checked.  Time in God’s word and prayer is one way to have our vision and focus checked.  Another way is engaging in fellowship with other believers.  Ultimately it requires submission and exposure to the truth.   At the core even ultimately it is the truth of God’s word that checks our vision.  In particular it is the things God has outlined as being right and wrong that are checks on focus.   It is a moving outside of our own conscience to what God has revealed in his word.  Even more to the point it is the daily presences of the Holy Spirit giving meaning to God’s revelation to the specifics of what God is moving in our own life.    So ultimately these thoughts really come down to a question of how is your vision and focus? Are your eyes, ears, and heart open to the moves of God in your life?  Have you lost focus or vision?   Turn to God and make the old Irish Hymn your prayer: BE THOU MY VISION.   Please take time to think on the song and lyrics and ask God to open your eyes, ears, and heart to that which He is directing in your life.

Be Thou My Vision
anonymous, 9th century (translated by Eleanor Hull)
 http://www.rc.net/wcc/ireland/early8.htm

Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
Naught is all else to me, save that Thou art.

Thou my best thought by day and 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 dear son;
Thou in me dwelling, I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle-shield, sword for the fight,
Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight.

Thou my soul’s shelter, Thou my high tower;
Raise Thou me heavenward, power of my power.

Riches I heed not, not 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.

King of the seven heavens, grant me for dole,
Thy love in my heart, Thy light in my soul.

Thy light from my soul, Thy love from my heart,
King of the seven heavens, may they never depart.

With the high king of heaven, after victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s sun!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

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