“Renew Our World" by Dawn Faith
Dawn Faith is a recording artist, speaker, author, social activist and the host of her own TV show “Deep & Meaningful”. In 2018 she partnered with TEAR Australia in their Renew Our World Campaign designed to raise awareness about climate change.
Dawn shares her experience in writing the song:
“I first had to spend a lot of time reading up on what was going on around me. And that was quite overwhelming. And scary. It took me to the far end. I thought maybe we should just go around just saying to one another, “I’m sorry” all the time. Because we screw up so much. So it started out as a really apologetic song.
Then, I went to the other side and explored the beauty of what creation is supposed to look like. I watched a lot of Discovery Channel.
And then I went to Scripture. And I read about the different ways the earth is referred to in the Bible. About its intricate connectedness to God. How everything worships him. How everything is about him, everything is for him, everything is around him and with him.
All these different emotions taught me how to respond in song."
Raising your voice in song is a powerful act of worship. It lifts up to God the concerns of our heart, transforms our own hearts and minds to be more like Christ, and inspires us to deepen our love and concern for our neighbours, especially those suffering poverty and environmental disasters in the changing climate. As we worship our Creator, we join in God’s mission to renew all of creation. God calls us to put justice at the heart of our worship.
‘Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!’ (Amos 5:23-24).
If you would like to introduce this song to your church, you can download the worship resource for free, including the lyrics, chord charts, and ideas for how to move beyond singing to worship through action and prayer. Click this link to access these resources via the TEAR Australia website.