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.
David Walton

Bristol, Avon, United Kingdom

This wonderful hymn entreats us by "heart yearning" words to higher ground on the path of faith.

Michael Walker

Jackson, MI, United States

Beautiful song but some of the note played here sound off.

Deborah Llanas

Ada, Ohio, United States

Let me be invisible, and let only Him be seen and expressed through me.

Let His divine love be projected to others. O how I love the Lord Jesus Christ!!!♡

Edem Samuel

Lagos, Nigeria

Blessed hymn that reminds me of Jesus who died to liberate me from sin, Satan and death. I will ever live to serve me, hoping for His coming someday to a land of eternal peace, joy and tranquility... Maranatha.


Ile-Ife, OSun, Nigeria

What a blessed song. Father, bring us all there.

Christopher Lucky

Lagos, Nigeria

If only this song can be real and practicable in our lives, the world would be won for Christ.

May God give us grace to live it out in Jesus' name. Amen!


Mandeville, Jamaica

Thank you for this song..I'm in bed and I keep hearing it in my spirit.


Hillcrest Heights, Maryland, United States

Thank You Lord for the writer of this song. This is my prayer.

Kev Hirst

Apple Valley, CA, United States

Repairing my heart and soul after my Dad's death of July 13th, 2016; Thanx Tom, again... One of my, very many favorites! Love & Gratitude, Kev ~ 8/23/2016

Pamela Nix

Stone Mountain, GA, United States

Thank you for posting the words of this hymn, which I love from my childhood but have not heard lately. It's a perfect complement to the study of Revelation that I am just finishing. May He stamp His image deep on our hearts!!

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.