Musical Encouragement #8- "Be Thou My Vision"

It finally happened. It wasn't the first time, and I'm sure it's happened to you. You take your car in for a routine fix, like an oil change, and the mechanic tells you your car has the equivalent of a failing liver and needs an immediate transplant that costs about half of what the car is worth. Something about a catalytic converter and rust and other expensive words. That's what everyone loves at Christmas time right? A large bill.

But wait a minute. In the grand scheme of things, what is the big deal? Our pastor this morning reminded us of the truth that all we have is the Lord's and we are simply stewards. So, the reality is that our loaner needs to be repaired, and we will just use some of the money God has lent us to deal with it. In the end we still really have nothing of our own, and all that we enjoy is from God and still belongs to him.

This truth reminded me of the encouraging song for today, Be Thou My Vision. One line in particular really struck me: "Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise. Thou mine inheritance, now and always..." Do I really live like that? Do I believe that deep down in my soul as I look at my budget and plan Christmas with my family? Whether I believe it or not, it is true. God is my inheritance, and I am so thankful that all I will ever need for eternity rests with Him and not on me.

written by Dallan Forgaill ~ sung by Selah

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 joy, O bright heaven's Sun
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all

*verse not on recording, but still excellent


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