Be Thou My Vision: A Liturgy for Daily Worship by Jonathan Gibson (Crossway, 2021) is an excellent book for Christians. It’s really more than a book; it’s a rich resource for worshipping God.
God has called His people to worship Him. You will find that from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation. How often should Christians worship God? Author Jonathan Gibson recommends daily worship. I agree. It’s important for God’s people to think about Him throughout the day and worship Him.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. Psalm 96:9
Be Thou My Vision is a daily worship devotional that consists of 31 days of “set liturgy that can be repeated each month” (p 31). The set liturgy includes:
- Call to Worship
- Reading of the Law
- Confessions of Sin
- Assurance of Pardon
- Prayer for Illumination
- Scripture Reading
- Prayer of Intercession
- Further Petition: Personal, Church, World
- Lord’s Prayer
The fixed order of the elements is to aid concentration, while the variety of content in the elements is to avoid boredom. The repetition of Scripture readings, prayers, creeds, praises (repeated every seven or thirty-one days) encourages familiarity and memorization. pp 33-34
Be Thou My Vision is far more than just another Christian devotional. It focuses on God’s Word at a deeper level. The fact that the worship process is repeated monthly means that God’s Word and our devotion to Him will grow daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. That’s a wonderful gift to give yourself and your family.
The book is bound in a cloth over board format and fits into a beautiful cover that fits perfectly on a bookshelf, desk, or table. I use this wonderful resource each day and highly recommend Be Thou My Vision.
Scriptural Foundation for Daily Worship
Structural Format of Daily Worship
Appendix I: Music for Doxology and Gloria Patri (traditional and alternative versions)
Appendix II: Heidelberg Catechism (1563) and Westminster Shorter Catechism (1647)
Appendix III: M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan
Appendix IV: Collects from Book of Common Prayer (1552)
Appendix V: Author and Liturgy Index
Every Christian knows the importance of a daily quiet time with the Lord. But anyone who’s been a believer long enough has likely experienced seasons that feel more mundane or routine, leading to aimlessly skimming a couple of Bible verses or praying the same prayer over and over.
In Be Thou My Vision, Jonathan Gibson has created a 31-day liturgical guide designed to provide structure to the daily worship of individuals and families. Each daily reading includes a call to worship, adoration, confession, assurance, creed and catechism, the Gloria Patri, a prayer of illumination, Bible reading, intercessory prayer, and the Lord’s Prayer. Designed to be read in 15–20 minutes a day, this beautifully produced liturgy will give readers focus and purpose to their daily quiet time while teaching them historical prayers, creeds, and catechisms that point them to Christ.
Chapter One excerpt
About the Author
Jonathan Gibson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is an ordained minister in the International Presbyterian Church, United Kingdom, and associate professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is a coeditor of and contributor to From Heaven He Came and Sought Her as well as the author of a number of other books. Jonny and his wife, Jackie, have four children.
“Jonny Gibson’s new liturgical guide to personal or family worship is a gem! Evangelicals need enrichment of the ‘daily quiet time,’ which has traditionally been little more than Bible study and intercessory prayer. While many have turned to a variety of traditions that are less than gospel- or word-centered, in Be Thou My Vision Jonny connects us to the Reformation’s historic forms of prayer and confession, catechesis, and the lectio continua reading of Scripture. It’s a feast, and while providing only thirty-one days of different prayers, I believe the book can be profitably used all year, and year after year. Get it and use it!”
Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
“Jonny has gifted us with a project not only of theological and historical retrieval but also, more deeply, retrieval of our own hearts, often wayward and wandering, distracted and distressed. This simple but rich liturgy takes our hearts and leads them back to the Lord with pastoral care and theological integrity. A deeply edifying and useful guide.”
Dane C. Ortlund, Senior Pastor, Naperville Presbyterian Church; author, Gentle and Lowly and Deeper
“We believers sometimes stumble our way through the steps of spiritual devotion, especially in private or family worship. This liturgy for daily worship lets us hold the well-tested handrails of faithful worshipers, carved out deeply and well to help us on. Creeds, prayers, catechisms, hymns, and, most of all, God’s breathed-out word lead us profitably and beautifully to worship the triune God in spirit and in truth. I look forward to using and sharing this book.”
Kathleen Nielson, author; speaker
“To use the rich traditions of biblical worship such as prayers, confessions of faith, catechisms, Scripture readings, praise, and more conveys a remarkable freshness in the context of personal worship. Gibson guides you through each of these elements in a thirty-one-day cycle, and provides a familiar one-year Bible-reading plan. With some adjustments it can also serve as a family worship resource. All in all, Be Thou My Vision is perhaps the best, and certainly the most thorough and meaty, daily devotional guide I’ve ever read.”
Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Family Worship; Praying the Bible; and Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
“What if you took thirty-one days and enveloped your Bible reading in a cocoon of riches? Make no mistake—this book is not a replacement for the living and active word of God. But how might it deepen and enliven your morning meditation to lead into it and out of it by drawing on centuries of wisdom? Both the sequence and the carefully crafted prayers and creeds will freshly inform your mind and stir your heart. This is not a book of shortcuts for those looking to abbreviate their time in God’s word. These daily liturgies invite us to give more for a season and hold out the promise of great reward. How might God renovate your soul in these thirty-one days?”
David Mathis, Senior Teacher and Executive Editor, desiringGod.org; Pastor, Cities Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota; author, Habits of Grace
“When it comes to daily personal worship, Christians are finding it harder to stay disciplined in today’s swipe-scroll-click-search-tap culture. Many have lost the art of staying focused. In the meantime, our souls cry out for authentic worship that lasts more than two minutes. It’s why the book you hold in your hands is so necessary. I love this book! Having been raised in the Reformed Episcopal church, I enjoy the rhythms of liturgical adoration of God in all its depth, discipline, and exaltation of the word. Be Thou My Vision will educate you in personal worship that is truly worthy of our great God. I highly recommend this important guide for your personal devotions.”
Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends International Disability Center
“Jonny Gibson is helping a new generation of Christian believers and pastors find language and structure that will enrich their daily devotional life and weekly worship services. I personally find Be Thou My Vision both helpful and inspiring, and warmly commend it to all.”
Keith Getty, hymn writer; recording artist; coauthor, Sing! How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church
“What a go-to source this volume will be for both individual devotion and family worship, with its carefully arranged daily liturgy featuring select Scripture readings, prayers culled from church history, luminous sections of the creeds and confessions, plus the ringing lyrics of sacred hymnody. Those who take the time for an appropriation of the measured riches and disciplines of this book will experience an intensification of worship that will fill their existence. We believe that Be Thou My Vision will grace today’s church and generations to come!”
Kent and Barbara Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton; authors, Disciplines of a Godly Man and Disciplines of a Godly Woman
“A daily ‘time with the Lord’ has become a rarity in the lives of many Christians. This not only robs us of the good things that God has provided for the strengthening, encouragement, and equipping of his people, but it also dishonors the Lord who loved us and gave himself for us. Gibson has mined the devotional treasures of twenty centuries of Christian prayer to produce a structured and easy-to-use guide to thirty-one days of worship involving confession and praise, Scripture readings and creeds, catechism, and intercession. Be Thou My Vision will certainly give breadth and depth to your daily time with the Lord. I warmly welcome it.”
Kanishka Raffel, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia
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Be Thou My Vision: A Liturgy for Daily Worship by Jonathan Gibson (Crossway, 2021)
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