Take a minute and read the words of this song from the 8th century. You’ve heard this song many times in your life but have you really meditated on these words? I haven’t until Robin Carr sent it to me. It is so powerful. I dare to paraphrase what I hear…
Waking or sleeping be my light
Be my wisdom and my true Word
You are my father, I am your son
Be my battle shield and sword for the fight (notice, there will be a fight)
Be my delight
Be my soul’s shelter (refuge from the storm)
I don’t seek riches or man’s praise
You Lord are my inheritance not this world
You and You only Lord will be first in my heart
You’ve given me victory, Heaven awaits me
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.
Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s 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.
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.