Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Today my husband and I overslept and lost an entire hour. Somehow we both got to our destinations at the proper times, but I had no time to read my Bible. Because I lead a Bible study on Tuesdays, I feel a little undernourished and ill-prepared if I miss my Bible-reading this day. On the way to study, I listened to a CD that I'd burned for a friend. I wanted to be sure that it played properly. One of the tracks is Selah's "Be Thou My Vision." The ancient words suddenly seemed fresh and new to me today, and I felt nourished and encouraged and prepared.

Here are the words. I will not comment on them--they are complete in themselves.

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, 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.

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, 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 Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

--At­trib­ut­ed to Dal­lan For­gaill, 8th Cen­tu­ry

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