41 thoughts on “GOH: Be Thou My Vision”

  1. Relieved to see this with an unironic “grand.” 😀 This is still a favorite of mine. The fact that it has a medieval pedigree shows its staying power.

  2. I love this hymn! It was one I had never heard until I went to BJU, and I learned to love it. At times, I think God is leading me by some lonely and difficult paths, but my prayer truly is “naught be all else to me save what Thou art!”

  3. I don’t recall singing this as a fundy child. I do know that I’ve sang it lots the last 6 or so years as an Anglican. We sang it this a.m. in fact. Love it! Truly a “grand old hymn”.

    1. Ironically, I learned this in dorm devos in college. Probably, one of the only things I remember from it.

  4. This is one of my favorite hymns, and the fact that I’m Irish makes me love it even more as it was originally Irish.

  5. First time I sang a solo at the church that Reuben Martin pastored (see the Kudos post), it was this. A truly great old hymn.

      1. He was in Maine for a while, though I’m not sure exactly where. Let me do some google-fu and see what I come up with.

      2. Rev. Reuben W. Martin was in Presque Isle, ME, East Longmeadow, MA, and Dedham, MA. I found his daughter’s (Ginger) commencement program on line. His wife’s name was Wilda. If any of that rings a bell…

  6. This song really helped me through some extremely rough times during my time at Bob Jones. This is a lovely setting of it. I’m very moved.

  7. This is one of my favorite hymns. And one of the things I love about it is that it is in the form of a prayer. So many of the great hymns are prayers. I love those kind the best. They really facilitate worship for me.

    This was very rarely sung in the churches I attended growing up. I have no idea why. When people say they hate hymns I always think of hymns like this one and wonder why. But I guess they’re not talking about this kind.

    Thank you for posting this. Just a thought: maybe someday we should all post our favorite hymns and see what kind of a list we get.

  8. Almost none of the churches I’ve been in sing this type of hymn. We sing the old hymns all the time on the mission field. When in the US it makes me feel sorry for the IFBs who don’t realize what they are missing. But then again, maybe they do and that’s why they don’t sing them. 🙄

  9. this has forever been my favorite hymn.

    i liked it so well, in fact, i translated it to elvish, when going through that awkward nerd phase 😀

  10. One of my favorite hymns. I sang it in a ladies’ group once at the ifb lookalike church, and one of the ladies felt it was necessary to explain what all it means to the congregation in case they were not intelligent or learned enough to “get” it.

  11. One of my favorite hymns. Thanks for posting this, Darrell. I needed this today.

  12. 1. Eden’s Bridge signed a contract with the record label EMI
    2. EMI’s contract with The Rolling Stones expired February 2008
    3. The Rolling Stones Front man is Mick Jagger
    4. Mick Jagger performed [i]Don’t Look Back[/i], a duet with Peter Tosh
    5. Peter Tosh was an original member of “Bob Marley and The Wailers”
    6. Bob Marley’s album Exodus was distributed by RCA and Island Records.
    7. Island Record signed Justin Bieber to a recording contract.

    With Justin Bieber connected to all these fundies, I am beginning to wonder if he actually is the Devil. Perhaps Shoes has been wrong in his assumptions.

  13. One of my favorite Hymns!

    Especially celtic string arrangements of it.

    GOH indeed!

  14. I love this hymn.
    The tune is from an old Irish melody.
    I prefer a simpler instrumentation, but to each his/her own.

  15. My favorite hymn; which just proves that God loves the Irish best. “Any Kerryman will tell you that there are only two Kingdoms: the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Kerry – “One is not of this world and the other is out of this world” “

  16. One of the few things I miss about my time in church is the hymns (well, the good ones at least).

  17. I’m from Ireland, and this is one of my favorites. Ireland was once known as the Land of Saints and Scolars. May it become so again!!

  18. My favorite hymn! I have this CD on my iPod and it always ministers grace to me. I’m Irish too and love Celtic music. So glad my church uses a mix of GOH and contemporary hymns. I’d really miss hearing this at worship services.

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