O to be like Thee

O to be like Thee! blessed Redeemer;
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I'll forfeit all of earth's treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
  O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee!
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
  Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
O to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand'ring sinners to find.
O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.
O to be like Thee! Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive th' anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing;
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.
O to be like Thee! While I am pleading
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love.
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit for a life which Thou wouldst approve.

Smithville, Ontario, Canada

This hymn is my daily prayer. He is my Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of my day, my song in the night. May others who read this testimony turn to Him, their blessed Redeemer.


Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

This song indeed is a prayer asking the Lord for us to have His mind and to be like Him in character. As Christians may the words of this song linger within our minds each day waiting for that day when we shall see Him as He is. I am blessed hope you are blessed too.


United States

I am wrestling with God.. not fighting him, wrestling on an issue. How to correctly handle the situation before me …. This song was on my heart when I woke up this morning. In all this wrestling in the end I want to be like Him, my Savior Jesus. Oh to be like Thee… requires me laying down myself over and over again.

Benedict Ayomide

Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria

Came to my spirit @ about 6:10AM to sing this hymn which I heard for the first time two years ago and since then I hadn't heard it until today.

Maybe, the hymn wasn't so "stampeding" on my heart when I was heard it. But it "clouds" my heart this hour!

Praise God

Ian Garcia

How meet a hymn for me at this time as my aspiration. It captures a desire that surely the Lord is willing to grant in both His children and the desperate sinner. I pray this longing captures the heart presently of the Bride of Christ, to the glory of the Lord Almighty.

Alafe Ayodeji

Akure, Ondo, Nigeria

There is something about this hymn that is so deep and heart softening . It is my favourite hymn. I will sing it over and over again. O to be like Thee my loving Saviour!. Help me and give me the grace to be like Thee.

Candice Bello

Gaithersburg, MD, United States

I remember my grandmother singing this song when I was younger and this morning, this song just rest on my spirit. This is my desire and prayer to be like our Lord.

Marcia Gooden

Rosedale, New York, United States

Oh to be like Thee


Abuja, Nigeria

I heard a revelation where I was about to go to hell and was giving a second chance to amend my ways.

I started singing this even while I was still in the dream.

Lord have mercy and help me to be like thee

Emmanuel Lamptey

Greater Accra, Ghana

Lord choose this song for me for my fasting. Very inspiring I really want to be like the king. God help me

Second Timothy 4:22 says, "The Lord be with your spirit." This Lord is the life-giving Spirit. When we pray and petition before the Lord, the Spirit comes into our spirit and dwells in us forever. Furthermore, He is waiting for us to love Him. He takes possession of us whenever we say, "Lord Jesus, I love You." The more we love Him, the more we are possessed by Him. The last stanza of Hymns, #398 says, "O to be like Thee! While I am pleading / Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love. / Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling, / Fit for a life which Thou wouldst approve." That we live a life approved by the Lord means that we take the Lord's mind as our mind, take the Lord's emotion as our emotion, and take the Lord's will as our will. We also take the Lord's love, light, holiness, and righteousness as our love, light, holiness, and righteousness. The Lord and we, we and the Lord, are completely one. We are just the same as He is. For to us, to live is Christ.

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