Be Thou My Vision
I had the privilege of leading this age old hymn at Breakaway this fall in Reed Arena. Just me on guitar, Aaron Ivey on piano & the lovely Emily Ward leading beside me.
It was a holy moment. A moment filled with resolve, hope & belief. A moment much different than the week prior.
I had had some pretty unsettling dreams over the weekend that forced me to fight for truth to dominate the forefront of my mind rather than the lies that were presented to me while sleeping. Those moments are never easy. Lies can have such a searing volume to them at times, don’t you think? They are solicited to us by the enemy with the sole purpose of tricking us to believe what is eternally false verses what is forever true… in my case, that “I am a new creation created in Christ Jesus; the old things passed way; behold, new things have come!”
I was nervous to sing Be Thou My Vision because it is unfamiliar verbiage with the “Thees & Thous”. God knew that I would have to spend intentional time with the lyrics in order to have them memorized by tuesday.
I love that I have a Savior and friend who knows me. I serve a loving Father that hears me & a guiding Spirit that lives within me. I needed to memorize these words not because I was “leading them”, but because I “needed them” & the truth that was written for weary believers back in the 8th Century who struggled like me.
Today’s blog is an invitation to read the prayers I prayed as I embraced the concept of this ancient plea. I hope that you too can fight for truth when you are indeed tempted by lies.
Be Thou my vision Oh 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.
God you are the Lord of my heart. Be what I see. Turn my gaze upward to you rather than on myself. I need you to save me from myself… my thoughts. Stir my heart to think about You my “BEST THOUGHT” even as I sleep as well as when I’m awake. You are Light. You win over darkness. Bring light to the dark places in my mind I beg you. Your presence is my Light.
Be Thou my wisdom and Thou my true word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling and I with Thee one
Father I need wisdom. In James you say to pray for it & You will give it to me. Thank You Lord for this truth. Bring your true word to the forefront of my mind. You told Joshua that you are there with him, you promised never to leave, fail or forsake him. I know you are with me as well. I am your daughter. You are my Father. You will never leave me. I will always be Your daughter. That will never change. You have put your holy Spirit within me. We are one.
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise
Thou my inheritance now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart
High King of Heaven my Treasure Thou art
Lord, I wrestle with what people think of me. Please help me Lord to not be governed by thoughts from others. I desire to place my worth in YOU alone. Remove the idol of human approval from my heart. You approve of me because you have adopted & justified me. You are my first love Jesus. You are my Treasure. Nothing amounts to you.
High King of heaven, my victory won
May I reach heaven’s joys Oh bright heaven’s sun
Heart of my own heart whatever befall
Still be my vision, Oh Ruler of all
You have won the victory already for me Lord Jesus! I pray that I walk in that freedom… that victory. I pray that I don’t let lies convince me that I am worthless and shameful. No matter what happens on this earth to me Lord, I am forever safe in You. I will see You face to face some day, but until then I pray that You remain my steadfast gaze. You are my Vision. You are on Your throne… forever more. I love you Lord. Thank you for being the victor even today as we have fought these lies. To You be the Glory forever & ever. Amen