Lord Jesus, Fill My Vision

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2a).

The gaze of our soul needs to be constantly upon the Lord Jesus Christ. We need Him every moment of every day. Remembering Jesus and His Word will bring peace to the discouraged soul.

The other morning, I was driving along the 401 on my way to work, feeling discouraged. As I was driving, God used a passage of the Bible to encourage me. I think it was Matthew 14:22-33 (unless there is another passage in the Gospels about a storm on the sea of Galilee). The disciples saw Jesus walking on the water in a storm, and they were afraid. He comforted them with these words: “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid” (verse27).

That morning, and one other morning that week, I wrote this poem. It was an encouragement to me, and I pray that it will be to you. If we keep Jesus before our eyes, we will have joy as we walk through our daily lives.

1. Lord Jesus, fill my vision;
The world’s display I see
Of brightly-coloured trinkets
That draw my heart from Thee.

Oh, foolish heart and sinful,
To thus believe a lie,
And drink from broken cisterns
That cannot satisfy.

2. Lord Jesus, fill my vision;
The painted lies of sin
Seduce me with their beauty
And hide the death within.

Oh, help me now to trust Thee;
Thy Word is ever true;
Delight me with Thy beauty;
My joy shall be in You.

3. Lord Jesus, fill my vision
When I am full of care,
When disappointments crush me
And life I cannot bear.

Oh, help me see Thee walking
Upon my stormy sea,
Each wind and wave controlling,
And speaking peace to me.

4. Lord Jesus, fill my vision,
That all the world may see
The brightness of Thy glory
Reflected now in me.

Through this weak, earthen vessel
Display Thy power and might,
In turning hearts of sinners
From darkness unto light.

5. Lord Jesus, fill my vision
Through all my pilgrim days,
Till death’s cold waves roll o’er me,
And I behold Thy face!

Upon the shores of glory
My song shall be of Thee,
And Thou shalt fill my vision
For all eternity!


Bill said...

Good poem! I especially like v. 3 - very picturesque. It is a good reminder to look for Jesus in trials where He appears to be silent. It's so easy to lose sight of Him during those times.

Scott and Jaclyn said...

What an encouraging poem. Enjoying your blog by the way!

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