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.
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.
Ajman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
This is more than a song... The writer has really seen the heart of God and gotten divine inspiration to deliver this.... I pray that our desire to be like Christ will be fulfilled.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
My prayer this morning in my ‘Secret Place’ The words of this hymn came to me in a time of silent waiting & contemplation.
Gbagada, Lagos, Nigeria
Soul inspired song. The more I sing it, the more I realise who I was created to be. I'm blessed indeed.
Kano, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
This very song do through my soul.
My heart melt more for Jesus at the lyric if this very hymn.
OH, DEAR LORD MORE OF YOU IN MY LIFE.
LET ME SEE & KNOW JESUS THROUGH ME LIFE.
Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria
Owerri, Imo, Nigeria
Each time I sing this song or I hear this song I just can't resist myself from praying and telling God how I want to be like Him, in all humility.
Phoenix, AZ, United States
My favorite hymn of all times. I didn't know he wrote the lyrics to Great Is Thy Faithfulness also.
Love this song! It is also my prayer, to be like HIM!
Ilorin, Kwara, Nigeria
O Lord please answer this humble prayers in this song in my life. Let these be my testimonies daily.
Williamsville, NY, United States
I love this song. I don't care if the notes are on or off I praise God with the words and my heart.