Sunday, June 22, 2008

Hymn of the Week: O To Be Like Thee

"O to be like Thee...This is my constant longing and prayer."

Is it? It speaks shamefully of us as Christians when our desires are to emulate the fashions, manners, and habits of the world around us—the world that loves not our God. Christ is not like the world; He never was. He became a man, yet never succumbed to man's sins and temptations.

Be like Christ. Fear not what the world may think; remember that in eternity, only God's opinion will matter.

O To Be Like Thee

O to be like Thee! blessèd 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,
Blessèd 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 wandering sinner 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 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 me for life and Heaven above.


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