We sang an old song at church on Sunday. The hymn “Be Thou My Vision” is of Irish origin and is sung to the tune of an Irish folk song. The words date back centuries, but the modern version is thought to have been translated in 1905 by Mary Byrne and arranged in 1912 by Eleanor Hull.

These timeless words are a great prayer for this week.

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 Tow’r:
Raise Thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.

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


Be my vision, my wisdom, my battle Shield and Sword. Be my Dignity and my Delight. You are my Shelter and my High Tower. You are my Inheritance and my Treasure. Be first in my heart this week. Let my vision be fully fixed on You.

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Photo – Tower, Leslie Moon


4 comments on “Vision”
  1. Latrelle Elliott says:

    Thank you, Beth. This hymn had come to mind recently. A blessing to see all the words. A great way to start the week!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. gracespeaker says:

      That was my thought exactly!


  2. Georgia says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. gracespeaker says:

      A beautiful hymn indeed!


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