More Holiness Give Me – hymn

Known to be called “My Prayer” by its composer, this hymn caught me by surprise this morning. Not because I don’t know it and not because I have never sung it. Quite the contrary – we have sung it often and I generally think about a phrase or two in it. Today, each word seemed to stand out a bit more strongly, grabbing my attention.

Each line is so packed full of meaning, of intensity, of where I need to be. I encourage you to read through this hymn slowly, steadily thinking on each line and how to apply it. There are so many scripture that jump to mind that go with each line of the hymn.

But my prayer, while reflected in each line, is definitely the final on:
More, Savior, like Thee.

At Home.

More Holiness Give More Holiness Give MeMe

lyrics and music: Philip P. Bliss (1873)

1 More holiness give me,
More striving within;
More patience in suff’ring,
More sorrow for sin;
More faith in my Savior,
More sense of His care.
More joy in His service,
More purpose in prayer.

2 More gratitude give me,
More trust in the Lord;
More pride in His glory,
More hope in His word.
More tears for His sorrows,
More pain at His grief;
More meekness in trial,
More praise for relief.

3. More purity give me,
More strength to o’ercome;
More freedome from earth-stains,
More longings for home;
More fit for the kingdom,
More used would I be;
More blessed and holy,
More, Savior, like Thee.

 

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2 thoughts on “More Holiness Give Me – hymn

  1. Barbie Swihart March 12, 2017 at 5:50 pm Reply

    I’ve never heard this hymn before, but I’m moved just at reading the lines. Thank you for sharing.

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