Be Thou My Vision - Hymn Theology by Bridget Willard

Hymn-Theology – Thou My Great Father

Thou my great Father, and I thy true son, Thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.” ~  English Methodist version, 1964, “Be Thou My Vision

Sometimes we forget that becoming a Christian is more than acknowledging the existence of God or believing that Jesus is our Savior.

“Thou my great Father”

When we become a Christian we become part of a family.

So many struggle with loneliness. Will a husband solve that? Will a child cure that longing? To whom do we belong? God puts the lonely in families.

A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” Psalm 68:5-6

This is one of the benefits of the church life. We come together, worship together, serve together, learn together. We pray together, counsel one another, and speak to each other in psalms and hymns. We lift one another up.

“speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” Ephesians 5:19

“Thou in me dwelling”

He dwells in us – Christ in us, the hope of glory (Col 1:27).

We are one with him and He with us. Just as Jesus prayed,

“And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” John 17:22-23

When we are one with Him, we are one with each other. We have a Great Father. We have sonship! There is so much to encourage us just in these two lines.

For Thought & Discussion:

  • What are your thoughts about this stanza?
  • Can you think of any other hymns or songs with similar themes?
  • See also:
  • Are there any other verses that back up this hymn theologically?
  • Have you used this song lately?  Have you explained it?

All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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