~* O TO BE LIKE THEE! *~
Thomas O. Chisholm, 1866-1960

As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.
Psalm 17:15

Great Master, teach us with Your skillful hand;
Let not the music that is in us die!
Great Sculptor, hew and polish us; nor let
Hidden and lost, Your form within us lie!
Horatius Bonar


The Bible teaches that God's goal for His people is that "we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13). We are to daily "put on Christ"--His love and character--even as we put on our garments (Romans 13:14). Christ-likeness is more than a religious profession or a weekly visit to a worship service. It must become our total way of life. The Scriptures further teach that we are to carry the fragrance of Christ wherever we go--to unbelievers, the smell of death and to fellow believers, the fragrance of life (II Corinthians 2:14-16).

Our society is in desperate need of more Christ-like believers. The only thing many people will ever know about God is what they see of His radiance reflected in our daily lives. Our ability to represent our Lord worthily is only possible through the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.

This hymn text by Thomas Chisholm is one of his more than 1,200 fine poems, many of which have been set to music and have become enduring hymns of the church. This one, published in 1897, was his first hymn to be widely received.


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! 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.

Refrain:
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.



*For Today*: Romans 8:29; I Corinthians 2:2; II Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 2:10; I Thessalonians 4:3; Titus 3:3-8

Reflect on this statement: "He who does not long to know more of Christ really knows nothing of Him yet!"

Music url: The Cyber Hymnal

Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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