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I've heard a thousand stories of what they think you're like
But I've heard the tender whispers of love in the dead of night
And you tell me that you're pleased
And that I'm never alone

(Good Good Father, Songwriters: Anthony Brown / Joseph Patrick Martin Barrett Good Good Father lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group)

Last week (10-28-17) my beloved Georgia Bulldogs took their annual pilgrimage to Jacksonville, Florida to play the villainous Florida Gators. For the last twenty years, this trip had usually left us Dawg (this is the proper spelling to address us) fans feeling very blue. The Gators have owned us. This year was different though. We were a much better team, and it did not take long to show. We (I have no problem counting myself as part of the team) were up by three touchdowns within the first eight minutes of game time. The game really was never in doubt, and I enjoyed every minute of it (don’t get me wrong, I panicked from time to time – some habits are hard to break.) I celebrated our success and have no problem letting everyone know how awesome my team is right now. I do not have to be told to be excited. It just comes naturally as if my sporting soul yearns to celebrate with my team.

You're a good good father
It's who you are, it's who you are, it's who you are
And I'm loved by you
It's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am

                Our souls do cry out to celebrate, to worship. We were created to worship. We will worship something. This is why stadiums are filled with screaming lunatics living and dying for what some athlete does. This is why concert halls are packed with people shouting out the lyrics of their favorite songs being sung by their favorite singers. Both instances are acts of worship. It is our souls lifting something up. We do not need instructions on doing this. It comes naturally. We are creations that are created to worship. Our problem is that we worship other created things and not the true creator. There is a reason why football games and concerts always leave us feeling empty at some point. They cannot do what we need them to do – fill the hole in our souls that worshipping the One, True God does.

I've seen many searching for answers far and wide
But I know we're all searching
For answers only you provide
'Cause you know just what we need
Before we say a word

            At the heart of worship is a simple statement – God’s People, proclaiming God’s Praises, in God’s Presence (I do not know who originated this statement, but I love it and am stealing – I mean borrowing it.) Our worship begins with realizing who we are. We tend to flip things around. We act like worship begins with music or words, but it does not. It begins with us. It starts with His people living like they are his people. Worship begins with the absolute true belief that we were sinners on our way to a deserved eternity in Hell. We took every opportunity we could, to do the exact opposite of what God desired for us to do. We were rebellious creations who thought we were good enough to be our own god. Then one day, we were confronted with the Good News of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our sins were exposed and our need for a Savior was clear. We confessed and repented of our sins and asked Jesus to be our Lord and Savior.

Oh, it's love so undeniable
I, I can hardly speak
Peace so unexplainable
I, I can hardly think
As you call me deeper still
As you call me deeper still
As you call me deeper still
Into love, love, love

            When our hearts are turned towards the Savior of our life, then we begin to truly worship.  We know that we have been redeemed, and not through our works. Our works were never good enough. We needed rescuing, and like the hero he is, Jesus stepped out of heaven and put on flesh to become the sacrifice for our sins. While we fought against him, he died for us. Our hearts are now healed, and our hearts can now lead us to sing and shout to the Creator and not to the creation. We no longer live and die by athletes, singers, or any other person. We are God’s people. The natural response of the saved, is to worship the one who saved us. Worship is the outflow of the inward change, so we worship. We worship in our homes, we worship in our cars, we worship at our jobs, and we most definitely worship at church. This Sunday, and every Sunday, let us live as God’s People and show it. Sing at the top of your lungs. Do not worry about what others might think. You are not singing for them. They did not rescue you from Hell – God did. We are His People and let us let everyone know it.

You are perfect in all of your ways
It's who you are, it's who you are, it's who you are
And I'm loved by you
You are perfect in all of your ways
It's who I am, it's who I am, it's who I am

MJ

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