In Friday’s Junior class chapel we sang “Be Thou My Vision” and heard a great impromptu challenge on corporate worship from Dr. Harris.
During the weekend I was reading A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson. Chapter 8 is entitled Overcoming the Hurdles. Carson looks at Paul’s prayer in Philippians 1:9-11. He concludes the chapter with the following:
"Paul’s pursuit in prayer of what is excellent is not idolatrous; rather it is bound up with praising God. He would have understood the Irish hymn '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 thoug ht, 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 heav’n Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
Hear this prayer that God has placed in his Word that we might learn what we should ask him for: 'And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best [in order that you] may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.' (Phil. 1:9-11)"