Recently I’ve been reflecting about the need for clarity on what the bible means by holiness. In preparation for writing on the topic, I took another look at Dr. Timothy Tennent’s book entitled The Call To Holiness* and rediscovered the lovely hymn Make Us Holy written by his musically poetic wife, Julie Tennent. Every line is worth pondering:
You are holy – make us holy! Let our lives reflect Your name; By Your Spirit’s pow’r within us, be a sanctifying flame. Not the work of human striving, but a change from deep within: Redirect our core affections; free us from the bonds of sin.
You are holy – so our holy lives a shining light must be, Purged from empty selfish living, filled with love that comes from thee. Purged again of seed eternal, through the living Word of God; Growing up in our salvation, tasting that the Lord is good.
You are holy, and You call us to be pure in all we do, As your character is holy, so we would be holy, too. Purified by true obedience, loving others from the heart; Serving in the world with power which you Spirit does impart. You are holy – may your church embody perfect holiness;
May the love of Christ compel us to bring forth true righteousness. Let the strains of New Creation echo through your church today; Sounding for the consummation of that glorious holy day.
– Julie Tennent
The words to this beautiful song may be sung to the tune of Beecher (“Love Divine, All love excelling) or Ode To Joy (“Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”).
*Published in The Call to Holiness: Pursuing the Heart of God for the Love of the World, by Timothy Tennent, (Franklin, Tennessee: Seedbed Publishing, 2014), pp. 73-74.