My best thought

“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.


2 thoughts on “My best thought

  1. I needed to hear Isaiah 26.3 today 🙂 Thank you.
    Not many recognise that the Bible has inspired much of modern thought and philosophy eg. positive thinking. Popular truisms such as “our destiny changes with our thought” (Orison Marden) reflect the wisdom contained in the Bible but we search for pearls amongst modern day writings.

    1. You are welcome. I am happy to hear that a need was met. It is true and also unfortunate, as you stated, “Not many recognize that the Bible has inspired much of modern thought and philosophy.” One consequence is that It is seen as outdated and not relevant. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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