Steve Morreale of Mount Royal Ministry (MRM) in Idaho Falls recently wrote this in his February newsletter:
Visions are important, especially in the middle of cold and difficult seasons, such as an Idaho winter or worse, times of despair. The worship time at MorningStar Christian Fellowship recently included a great old hymn, Be Thou My Vision. It is actually an adaptation of an Irish hymn from the 8th century. The words, while classic King James vernacular, are timeless. Read them, and extend grace to me as I integrate an attempt to be encouraging.
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.
Let God be the Vision of our hearts, our innermost being, and let nothing else get in the way. He can be our best thought any time of day (such thoughts chase away fears and doubts). Indeed, He is our true light in the dark seasons of life.
Be Thou my wisdom, be Thou my true word – I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; Thou my great Father and I Thy true son – Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Let God be our source of wisdom and not the temporal and ever-changing ideas of men. Let God’s word be the word we live by because it is the truth that sets us free! Let God the Father be our eternal Father and let’s choose to be His eternal children. Our decision to believe (and it is a decision to be made) in Jesus as God the Son, makes us children of the Father and together we are one.
Be Thou my shield and my sword for the fight; be Thou my dignity, be Thou my might; Thou my soul’s shelter and Thou my high tow’r, Raise Thou me heav’ward, O pow’r of my pow’r.
Remember the only One who can truly protect us is God – He is our shield and our sword. He is the source of our dignity and our might, not our accomplishments or our position. He shelters our soul: our thoughts, desires and feelings. He is our fortress and He raises us to heavenly ways and all of our power, all of our ability, is rooted in His omnipotence.
Riches I heed not nor man’s empty praise – Thou mine inheritance now and always; Thou and Thou only be first in my heart – High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art.
Forego the riches of the world and the approval of men. Instead, let’s earnestly pursue real treasure. Let God be first in our hearts because He alone is the eternal treasure we were created to desire.