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“Oh how great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called the children of God

Oh how great is Your amazing grace that took us as orphans and slaves

And made us Your heirs and gave us Your name

We are Your sons, we are Your daughters

Hallelujah, we are who you say we are!”

These are some of the lyrics of the song “We Are Who You Say We Are” from my new worship album, “Worship And Believe.”

We are born to worship. In answering the question, “What is the chief end of man?”, the Westminster Shorter Catechism says: “The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” I love the way my pastor for many years, Scotty Smith, used to say it borrowing from G.K. Chesterton, “When we cease to worship God, we don’t cease to worship. We worship anything, because we are made for worship.”

We were created by God for the ultimate purpose of worshipping Him.

I believe this deeply, and have for many years. But lately I’ve been on a journey of coming to understand more about what worship really is. If I’m completely and embarrassingly honest, I’d have to say that there have been times when I’ve felt unsure if I’m “doing it right” when it comes to truly worshipping God. What God has been teaching me about worship is that, at it’s core, it really is us simply agreeing with Him—agreeing with Him about who He says He is, and what He says is true about Himself in His word, as well as what He says about us, and who He says we are.

In Psalm 68 we are exhorted to join the Psalmist in singing praises to our God who defines Himself as “a father to the fatherless, and a God who makes a home for the lonely.” In that very familiar verse to us at Show Hope, God gives us His own definition of what “true religion” really looks like to Him as He invites us to care for orphans and widows. (James 1:27)

I use that word “invite” very deliberately, because that’s the other thing about worship that I’m coming to understand more and more. God doesn’t command us to worship Him so He can put a check mark by our name on His holy clipboard, but rather His desire is to draw us into a deep relationship with Himself and invite us into experiencing what we most long for and the very thing we were created for: To know Him and to worship Him.

As I’ve written the songs for “Worship and Believe,” I’ve been more convinced than ever that the work of Show Hope is a beautiful expression of worship.

As we agree with God about “what great love He has lavished on us that we should be called the children of God” (1 Jn. 3:1) , we can’t help but respond by wanting to share His great love with those who He cares so deeply about, especially the fatherless and the orphan.

That’s truly what it means to Worship and Believe.

“With the hands that formed the world you washed our feet

Kneeling down you laid aside your majesty

Then you said for us to go and do the same

So we serve for the glory of our King

King Of Love, let your Kingdom come

Flow through us, your daughters and your sons

Fill us up, let us overflow with your love

Until the whole world knows You are the King of Love

Hallelujah to the King of Love

All praise and glory to the King of Love”

(from King of Love, on Worship and Believe)

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