Sunday, August 31, 2008

Be Thou My Vision

This morning at church I re-discovered a beautiful hymn called "Be Thou My Vision".  It's been a long time since I heard it and I was pleasantly surprised!  I was at First Baptist Church of San Antonio, inside an old historic building.  The sun was shining through the stained glass windows and the sanctuary looked grand.  The choir and congregation sang it so beautifully and softly.... and for a moment I had a feeling of peace.  It really moved me.  The melody is beautiful but the words also capture my soul.  Here they are:

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 and 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

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