Yesterday my song ‘Humble Heart’ was released by Homegrown Worship. I’m really excited about what this means not just for me and my songwriting journey, bout also for grassroots worship song writers!
Homegrown worship is brand new community that exists to unearth and share brand new worship songs every week.
The heartbeat of Homegrown Worship is to help churches to grow their own worship songs. Having seen incredible fruit from local churches producing their own songs, they’re eager to see fresh expressions of worship spring up in a wide range of styles, locations and languages.
Each and every week they will be sharing brand new worship songs via download and streaming sites. There will be chords and words available as well as a blog unpacking the story and inspiration behind the songs… plenty to feast upon!
As they share songs with church communities around the globe, they will also be inviting people to share their songs with us as we look to record the cream of the crop in our Homegrown sessions.
THE STORY BEHIND ‘HUMBLE HEART’
Stepping Down to be Lifted
What is humility? I think Jesus showed us the best example of humility when he was in the Garden of Gethsemane just before he was arrested and crucified. He clearly didn’t want to go through with it, so he prayed and asked God to release him from it. But in the end, in humility, obedience and complete surrender, he said “Yet not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42).
He truly had a humble heart!
Taking this idea of Jesus being our perfect example of humility, I recognised that if Jesus was the humble king – to quote the Brenton Brown song, from which the initial idea was inspired – and we are called to follow Him, then we need to live humble lives ourselves.
Proverbs 3:34 says “God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble”. This song explores the idea from our perspective.
What is our response to a perfectly humble Lord and Saviour?
Humility is a very important part of our discipleship. We are called to live our lives as Jesus did.
This includes being humble, not prideful. It keeps our hearts soft and teachable, enabling us to obey God’s will and not our own; it aids us to see things through God’s eyes – not our own.
In ‘Humble Heart’, I explore the idea of surrender and submission to Jesus: our King and Lord. It is essentially a prayer, asking Jesus to help us to be humble just as He is humble. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6)