Make Me Just Like You

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Lyrics & notes

8 Aug 1974

I've been seeing things that I just shouldn't see
and I've been trying to be things in my mind I shouldn't be
I've been going places I really shouldn't go
Lord, You're my last chance for life and love
I know, I know, oh

make me pure and holy, Lord
make me kind and true
make me free to love, Jesus
make me just like You
I remember when You used to be
my best and closest friend
and You always gave me
your sweet love
please help me to give it back again

I've been trying to feel things I've got no right to feel
I've gotten so confused I can't tell what is face from real
oh, I just can't be the person that I long to be
unless You pick me up the pieces, Lord
and set my body free, oh

(repeat chorus)

fill me with your sweetness, Lord
fill me with your truth
fill me with your holiness
oh, fill me, Lord, with You
and I pray that You will always be
my best and closest friend
'cause You always gave me your sweet love
please help me to give it back again
to give it back again

℗ © Creative Measures (ASCAP) (originally Trinity Sound Corporation, 1976)

1977 Notes:

"You shall be holy, for I am holy." I Peter 1:16

I used to react very negatively to this verse and others like it. I thought God was saying, "This is how it is: I'm holy so you have to be holy. That's all there is to it." This seemed very harsh and unreasonable to me. I realize now that I had forgotten possibly the most important fact in the Bible: God is love. And if God is love, then even this particular command must be motivated by love. We were created to have fellowship with the Lord, and He greatly desires that kind of relationship with each of us. However, there's one big problem. He is holy—so holy that He can't even look upon evil; and—you guessed it—we, by nature, are evil. that doesn't make for too high a rating on the compatibility charts. The only way we can have fellowship with Him is if by some miracle we become holy.

And here is the miracle: God loved us so much that He sacrificed His own Son so that by the shedding of Jesus' precious, innocent blood we can be cleansed. By faith, His holiness becomes ours.

There's no reason to settle for anything less than that glorious, holy fellowship, for even when we stumble and wander far from him, He always waits to forgive and welcome us home.

Hebrews 9:11-14.

2006 Notes:

My friend, Nance, and I used to quote this song to each other all the time. Just the line, "life and love, I know, I know." We used it in a lot of situations, but mainly as a way to sum up when words didn't make it. The message is an awful lot like "Daniel," when you think about it. We wander, but he never stops loving us. And it only gets truer the longer I live.