Saturday, April 4, 2009

Be Thou My Vision

Everyone in my family loves to sing and I especially love to sing around the house. Mica and I enjoy learning the harmony to different songs or trying to imitate a certain singer (Think "Maria" from The Sound of Music or Ella Fitgerald, yes I did use the word imitate)
Last year I had taken to singing mostly songs from musicals and the like.
Then I began to consider: if this is something I do for the majority of my day, then ought I to sing more glorifying songs instead of say "Singin in the Rain"?
Not to say that all musical songs are wrong to sing, but if I invest so much time in something then it really ought to be for a greater purpose than simply "filling my time".
All this to say that I have found great satisfaction in learning and singing hymns and some contempory worship songs. I really like the music put out by Sovereign Grace Ministries; and recently I have become attached to In the Valley.
This hymn has served as a sweet reminder to me and a prayer put to music:
Be Thou My Vision
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.
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.


Abigail said...

oh wow, elena. what an awesome way for your family to minister. i'm so encouraged to hear that you're there, serving. i'm sure it must be a challenge, as you said they come from a very different background than you. then i know the Lord gives you the words to say that will touch and encourage their hearts.

oh, i love the song you posted! i especially love the verse, "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".

good post, elena!



The Pedersen Family said...

Dear Elena,

This is is my very favorite hymn, and has been for most of my life. I'm glad it has touched your heart also.

Love, Judith

Lori McNiel said...

Your blog always blesses me and this happens to be one of my all time favorite songs!
Our family also sings together and I hope we can sing with your family when we are together in your home!! Hasta pronto! Sra. McNiel


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