Be Thou My Vision
Be Thou My Vision is a beautiful old Irish hymn that is rich in worship and meaning. The hymn starts with a request of God, “Be thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart.” The appeal to God is for God Himself to be their vision. When we think of vision, we most often think of the vision we have through our eyes to see things in the physical realm. The vision the hymn writer is speaking of here is clearly a more profound vision, as seen by the last line of the first verse, which states, “Waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.”
The desire here is that God Himself is their vision. The Lord of their heart is their desired vision. The hymnist has the heart to see only God. He is the desire, and He is the beautifully desired view. The hymnist wants to see God but also desires to see all things through Him. This is evident in the first line of the second verse, which states, “Be thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word.” By allowing God to be your wisdom and viewing all through His Word, you see things through the eyes of God, which is the way He intends for all of His children to view all things.
People will travel great distances and go to great lengths to see breathtaking scenery. As all things are created by God, that in and of itself should be a worship experience. However, our most desired view should be that of God Himself. Praise the Lord for those who know Him will see Him one day, and for eternity, in all of His beauty and splendor. And praise the Lord, for those who know Him, today they can worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Are you seeking Him today? We seek Him by faith, and when we find Him, He rewards us with Himself. Let’s seek the Lord while He may be found. (Isaiah 55:6).