Hymn Refresh: Be Thou My Vision

An acoustic rendition of a classic hymn

We've got two Celtic-themed hymns coming your way this month in honor of St. Patrick's Day.  This take uses a capo but only covers 5 strings but can be played just fine without it.

I kept the tabs pretty basic.  I vary the ending on the intro everytime but the second bar covers whenever I make a chord change.  If you're looking for a more uptempo version of the song check out Rend Collective's version.



Jason Houtsma serves as Worship Pastor for Mosaic Church in Bellingham, WA, Husband to Alli, Father to Bjorn and Asher, and guitar instructor for WorshipArtistry.com

Hymn Refresh: Be Thou My Vision

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My Irish roots love this!

Plus it's just a beautiful song with great theological content. I've been feeling inspired lately to bring more hymns back into our song pool at our church, and the response has been very good. I'm absolutely going to bring this rendition into rotation. Thanks again, Jason!

That's awesome!

Glad you like it.

Looking to move up

Jason, would this be a good song to use as a step-up? I've been playing for about 16 years, but started pretty late in life (40). I play on our worship team three times a week, but for many years I was nothing but a basic strummer. It's only been in the past few years that I've broken out of what I call "the 4-fret trap" and began playing up the neck. Paul Baloche is my favorite writer/singer, and I have successfully mastered many of his songs, including more difficult ones like "Glorious" and "Offering", and I'm working on "Your Name" and a few others. I can play chords all over the neck, but I struggle a lot when it comes to trying to add rhythmic fills to my strumming. I know scales, but I just don't know how to apply them in real time. Your thoughts?


It's a good fit because there are riffs that follow the melody. Here's another great post that works well in tandem with this one: https://worshipartistry.com/greenroom/playing-tips/riffing-for-the-weekend

thanks again

Thanks Jason. Appreciate the help.


Be though my vision

Thank you very much, very cool arrangement and tuning, yet keeping it simple not to ruin the melody. I’m impressed