One of the dangers with modern worship music is that we make the singing all about “me”. Our singing becomes about how much we love the feeling of worshiping God for who he is instead of worshiping God for who he is.
The song we are going to sing this Sunday could be one of those songs if you don’t dig into it. It’s called “Good, Good Father” and over the past year or so has been heard everywhere there is a church or christian radio station. To avoid the trap of spiritual naval-gazing, let’s dig into the song right now so that we can truly worship our Father, in heaven…first, a question and a comment…
- Did you know that God is identified as our Father 265 times in scripture, mostly in the New Testament? As James 1:7 tells us,
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
- At the same time, we need to acknowledge that the title, “father”, carries baggage for some of us. Some didn’t grow up with a loving and faithful father. Some, instead, carry the scars of abuse or neglect. But the biblical concept of “father” points not only to a loving care-giver, but also the creator and ruler of all things. As we read in Ephesians, he is “…the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name” (3:15). So even if you are one who carries scars, you can think of God, the Father Almighty, as our creator, ruler and sustainer.
Let’s dig in…
VS1: I’ve heard a thousand storiesOf what they think You’re likeBut I’ve heard the tender whisperOf love in the dead of nightAnd You tell me that You’re pleased and that I’m never alone
“And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son (Jesus), whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”-Matt 3:17
“I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”-Matthew 28:20
Ch: You’re a good, good Father,It’s who You are,it’s who You are,It’s who You areAnd I’m loved by YouIt’s who I am,it’s who I am…It’s who I am
But wait, how do we know God is our “father” in the first place? We know he’s our Father because Jesus told us. As we read in “The Lord’s Prayer”, Jesus told us to call God, “Our Father, who art in heaven…”. When Jesus says that, he is also also pointing to the concept of the Trinity which is reflected in the first line of the Apostle’s Creed. “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord…”
The second half of the chorus points us to the biblical concept of “adoption”. God is our Father because he adopted us as his sons and daughters. We are defined as children of God because of the Father’s love.
“…the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” -Romans 8:15
Vs2: Oh and I’ve seen many searching for answers far and wideBut I know we’re all searching for answers only You provideBecause You know just what we need before we say a word
Br: You are perfectIn all of Your waysYou are perfect in all of Your waysYou are perfect in all of Your ways to us
Vs3: Oh Love so undeniable I,I can hardly speakPeace so unexplainable I,I can hardly thinkAs You call me, deeper stillAs You call me deeper stillAs You call me deeper still into love, love, love