“Be Thou my Vision, Lord of my heart. Not 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 vision.” What do I see? Father, Son, Holy Spirit. One God only – yet three. The Father sent the Son because of man’s fall, to crush the serpent’s head. Thy word tells us all.
“Thou my best thought by day or by night.” Yes, Jesus came. Yes, Jesus died. But He didn’t stay on the cross – He rose from the dead in resurrection – death brought life, not loss.
“Be Thou my wisdom, 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.”
“How that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures…”, says, Thou true word. “And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” “According to the Scriptures,” You draw pictures when read:
Even in Leviticus, dreadful reading at times, You hide great treasures and portraits for Your children to find. Portraits of the resurrection, portraits of Your Son. How is a leper cleansed? It is spelled out in verse one of Leviticus 14. Leviticus 14:1.
Spelled out in Scripture, is a priest and two birds. One bird is killed over running water, then put into an earthen jar, not pretty, but true. And the second bird with cedar wood, scarlet and hyssop is dipped in the blood of that first dying bird, then released and set free – into the sky, an illustration of that brings glory to You.
“Be Thou my vision, Lord of my heart. Not 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.”
The vision is clear. As an ugly bulb is put into the ground, in the fall to simply die. But it doesn’t stay there, dead forever. It springs up into life with color and favor.
“Be Thou my wisdom, 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.”
“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4. Just as Christ was raised from the dead. And, “Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee, one.” Unified together. Victory is won.
“Be Thou my battle -shield. Sword for my fight! Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight. Thought my souls shelter, Thou my high tower, Raise Thou me heavenward, O power, of my power!”
The sword of Your word tells me the “old man” was crucified. That my “body of sin” is done away. I no longer have to be a slave to the brokenness within. (Rom. 6:6)
“Thou my souls 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.”
“And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called…” (Romans 9:23). “Vessels of mercy?” We were allowed to be broken, first. Then mercy was granted. Not giving us what we deserve. Loving us when we didn’t love back.
That someday, we might make known the riches of Your glory. Standing tall and proclaiming with sound on our own lips: “Thou and Thou only, First in my heart, High King of Heaven, my treasure, Thou art.”
“High King of heaven, our victory won. May I reach heaven’s joy, bright heaven’s Son. Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.”
To as we think on these things, great and mighty, we may trust and obey and follow Him more united. “Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my Vision, . . . O Ruler of All.”
“Hallelujah, Amen.” Let us make these words “new” every time we sing them.
God, make our life a portrait of Your resurrection. Once dead, but now alive. Alive in You dear Jesus, for now – in good, and bad, in all that life brings, and forever, for the long haul, for all eternity.