Scripture Verse

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children. Ephesians 5:1


H. A. César Malan (1787–1864)

Words: Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 1998 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: Hen­don H. A. Cé­sar Ma­lan, Chants de Si­on, 1827. Har­mo­ny by Lo­well Ma­son, Car­mi­na Sac­ra, 1841 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Susan H. Peterson (1950–2004)


Be now imi­ta­tors of your Lord;
You’re His child­ren through His love out­poured.
Let love show now in all you do,
As Christ loved and gave Him­self for you,
As a sac­ri­fice to God.

All im­pu­ri­ty put far away.
Don’t be greedy; watch the things you say.
These aren’t pro­per for God’s dear child­ren;
You will ne­ver gain the wealth of Hea­ven,
In the king­dom of Christ and God.

Don’t be tak­en in by emp­ty words;
Those who dis­ob­ey, God’s wrath in­cur.
You were dark­ness, but now you’re light;
Let your life be good and true and right,
And find out what pleas­es God.

Stay away from fruit­less deeds,
Done in sec­ret out of lust and greed.
Let Christ’s light shine on all that’s dark,
And ex­pose what’s missed God’s mark.
Bring to light ev­ery sin­ful act.

So be care­ful in the things you do;
Act with wis­dom in what­e’er you pur­sue.
Make the most of ev­ery hour;
Don’t let ev­il ex­er­cise its pow­er.
Be not fool­ish, but know God’s will.

Let the Spir­it now your life con­trol,
And let psalms and hymns flow from your soul.
In your heart, speak to God and sing,
Giving thanks for ev­ery­thing,
In the name of Je­sus Christ.