“Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.”
The title of today’s post and the quote above are from the classic hymn, “Be Thou my vision” (click here for the complete hymn).
We understand that we think with our brains/minds but the Bible communicates that we also think with our hearts (Matthew 9:4; Mark 2:8; Proverbs 23:7a; Daniel 2:30; Acts 8:22). Any thing can be the focus of our hearts and minds in a given moment; however, the writer of the hymn, “Be Thou My vision,” states that God is our “best thought, by day or by night.”
I view day and night not just in terms of time but also seasons of life. Regardless of what is occurring, having our hearts and minds fixed on Him, entertaining right thoughts about Him, is always beneficial to us. A clear benefit is peace, as promised in Isaiah 26:3 (AMP):
“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].”
In addition, we are admonished to “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life” (Proverbs 4:23, AMP) or, as the Expanded Bible states, “Be careful what you think [Above all that you guard, protect your heart], because your thoughts run your life [life flows from it].”
Let us purpose to think our “best thought” by keeping our hearts and minds stayed on Him. Blessings.