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Come Praise and Glorify Our God

We've been learning this upbeat song written by Bob Kauflin and Tim Chester in our worship services recently. It's a good song for many reasons - not least of all a catchy, dance-like tune that is both celebratory and uplifting. More important, the song reminds us in its structure about the Triune God, with each verse of the song focusing on a member of the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Another reason why it's a good song is that it literally takes for its message themes from the epistle to the Ephesians in Chapter 1. In fact, it is a study of what that passage says. In many ways, it is a good example of how understanding the Bible helps you express worship, and how worship songs help you understand the Bible.

Come praise and glorify our God
The Father of our Lord
In Christ He has in heav’nly realms
His blessings on us poured
For pure and blameless in His sight
He destined us to be
And now we’ve been adopted through
His Son eternally

Verse 1 deals with the idea of God the Father's infinite gift to Christians and how in Christ, we have been blessed with "every blessing in the heavenly places" (Eph 1:3). God is called the "Father of our Lord" and the source of all our blessing as in Ephesians. The first two of these blessings is named in the verse - being counted pure and blameless in His sight and the gift of adoption as sons of God through Jesus Christ. That's why we praise and glorify the Father, because of what He has done for us in Christ.

Come praise and glorify our God
Who gives His grace in Christ
In Him our sins are washed away
Redeemed through sacrifice
In Him God has made known to us
The myst’ry of His will
That Christ should be the head of all
His purpose to fulfill

Verse 2 continues the study of Ephesians by focusing on the Son, Jesus Christ. The verse describes the next of these spiritual blessings - redemption and the washing of our sins (Eph 1:7) Not only that, but the "revealing of God's will" in Christ is also identified (Eph 1:9), as the fulfilment of God's purposes (Eph 1:10) in Christ Jesus, the head of all.

Come praise and glorify our God
For we’ve believed the Word
And through our faith we have a seal
The Spirit of the Lord
The Spirit guarantees our hope
Until redemption’s done
Until we join in endless praise
To God, the Three in One

Verse 3 turns the attention to the Spirit of God who is our seal, a guarantee of our hope (Eph 1:14) for now until the finished work of redemption. We received Him when we believed the Word, the gospel of our salvation (Eph 1:13) and through Him, we offer praise to the Triune God.

To the praise of Your glory
To the praise of Your mercy and grace
To the praise of Your glory
You are the God who saves

Finally, in the chorus, we sing "to the praise of Your glory, to the praise of Your mercy and grace...You are the God who saves" with great triumph and joy, echoing Paul's words in Eph 1:6 that all the work of the Triune God is ultimately to the praise and glory of God's grace in His saving work. How can we not worship the God who saves like this?

Listen to this song here.