Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart

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 and 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;
O King of glory, my treasure Thou art.
O King of glory, my victory won;
Rule and reign in me ’til Thy will be done;
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall;
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.
Donna Dahlborg

Rustburg, Virginia, United States

This hymn from my childhood has been coming into my mind lately in the night, when I wake up and throughout the day. I couldn't remember all the words so I was glad to find them here and wrote them in my journal. A special memory of this hymn is our oldest daughter using it as the song she had played on her wedding day as she came down the aisle 20 yrs ago. 😊

Zumuk Kyahar'An

Abuja, Garki, Nigeria

Beautifully written hymn, the choir rendition(s) superb, my song of solace with lyrics that constantly renew/revive my soul. I can play this hymn on repeat and still can't get enough of it. Thank God I am born and raised a Christian. I believe Jesus is my vision and Lord of my heart.

Loh Chwe Chu

I use this hymn as my morning devotion as I may lose focus when problems come along my way when I want to complete my assignment. I can do only when I draw near to God. He is my loving Father who is in full control of all circumstances, He will carry me through. Thanks for those who composed the hymn.

Paul Hubert

Carmichael, CA, United States

This just came to me yesterday and I searched for it on Google - shared it with my pastor and we sang it together for morning prayer. What a wonderful PRAYER set to music! Happy for Nathaniel's additional verse, too! Posted this in Facebook and Google Plus also!


Pullman, WA, United States

There's a great verse missing here:

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;

Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;

Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tow’r:

Raise Thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.

Hope and Rebecca


Mama and I sang this song this morning. It gives you a good boost in the morning.


Stephen Bellingham

Irvine, CA, United States

This ancient hymn remains relevant throughout time. I was in inwardly nourished and refreshed singing and musing on the words this morning. Thank you Lord Jesus!

“Whom do I have in heaven but You?

And beside You there is nothing I desire on earth. ”

Psalm 73:25

Leigh Powell

This hymn assumes the singer is a born again Christian, who alone can 'successfully' pray the prayer this hymn expresses (1 Corinthians 2 verse 21 - the natural man receives not the things of God for they are spiritually discerned). But how des a person become a born again Christian?

A person is born again when he/she repents and believes the gospel. a person repents when one is shown their sinfulness by God the Holy Spirit and asks God for forgiveness and power to overcome their sin by the Holy Spurit who will live inside them once they believe the gospel and are born again (1 Corinthians 3).

A person can only believe the gospel by the opening of their spiritually blind eyes by the Hooy Spirit from God the Fatherr (Matthew 18 verse 16 - revelation of spiritual truth from God, starting with salvation through believing that the Lord Jesus is the sin bearing lamb of God (Messiah).

Jide Omotosho

O King of glory, my victory won;

Rule and reign in me ’til Thy will be done;

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall;

Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Continue to reign in me Lord Jesus. Amen



@bamminer, considering that such hymns have been translated into other languages (as has our bible) , I think nothing is holding you back from sort-of-translating this to a language form that is more comfortable and familiar to you. The focus is on how the words of such hymns help us to focus and express our prayerful praise and worship to God, and God's delight is in our hearts turned to Him.

But I think it is unwise to criticise the language of these hymns, and if anyone you know had such an impression, you should counsel them accordingly. This hymn, as you know, was translated a century ago, and so the words and style used would naturally match the style of hymns of that time and church tradition.

Such hymns (and our Psalms) and their sources usually were composed by our brothers and sisters of the faith who had gone before us and who, with beautiful hearts molded by God's fires, created these inspired songs for their brethren and their future faith heirs, in service to God.

So let's give thanks to God together for these songs that were usually birthed through hardship, translate these hymns to best minister to one another if we are led to, and lovingly honour the memories these authors whom we will someday meet in heaven, in the kingdom of our God and our Lord.

I am a Chinese, btw, and I love this song. Hymns and psalms truly come alive for people who are experiencing the pain that leads us to turn our eyes back to God.