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Humble Heart sprang from me listening to an old song by Brenton Brown called ‘Humble King’. In it he sings about how humble Jesus was when he was on earth. I liked that fresh take on describing Jesus in a worship song in this way.
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 was praying and asking God to release him from it. But in the end, in humility, obedience and complete surrender he says “yet not my will but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). He truly was the humble King!
So taking this idea of Jesus being our perfect example of humility I flipped it round. If Jesus was a humble king 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” and this song explores this 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 and not prideful. Humility keeps our hearts soft and teachable, enabling us to obey God’s will and not our own; helping us to see things through God’s eyes and not our own.
In the song I explore the ideas of surrender and submission to Jesus as our King and Lord. It is essentially a prayer, asking Jesus to help us to be humble just as he is humble. 1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”
Written by Matt McChlery
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