I can’t deny that the dream of songwriting is a major factor that led me to accept an internship with Resonate Church. Filled with a desire to use my gifts and creativity to glorify the Lord in very tangible ways, I couldn’t help but jump at the chance to step into a team with the same pursuit.
Songwriting is, and always has been, storytelling. The greatest story I could ever tell was written long before there was breath in my body and life in my bones. Even so, I have the privilege of living that story daily, resting in the truth that God the Father sent His Son to a broken but beloved world, placed on Him the wrath that we deserved, conquered death by resurrecting Jesus from the grave, and looks on us now as a righteous people, allowing us to enter into a beautifully restored relationship with our Creator.
In response, we are to pour out our lives in gratitude, in joy, in worship.
Every song of worship ought to be inspired by and focused on that truth. Adoration comes from understanding. We cannot offer up genuine praise to someone we do not know, whose character is a mystery to us. Of course, God is beyond our finite comprehension, greater than our capacity for knowledge. And yet, He has provided us with a history book of His faithfulness, goodness, love, and sacrifice. Our songs should echo the truth we find in God’s Word, and reflect that we deeply know Him as He desires us to.
We seek to sing the Gospel. That is why we write.
We are all worshipers. We all place something in a preeminent position in our lives. Our actions, more than our words, reflect what or who is seated in that throne. The only One worthy of that position is our great God, who loved us and gave Himself up for us.
Singing in a church service is usually the first, and sometimes the only, demonstration of worship that comes to mind when we hear that word. But worship is so much more. Worship may be more tangible in an auditorium full of music about Jesus, but if worship ends when you leave the room, then we have failed as your leaders. Singing in church should be only the beginning.
It matters what we write. By worshiping God we are attributing to Him the worth that He is due, acknowledging who He is and what He has accomplished through His Son. This happens not only through singing truth, but by how we live. If our lives outside of Sunday morning or evening do not align with the words that we speak and sing there, then we are hypocrites. We are called to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is our spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1-2)
Sundays should serve as a springboard for the rest of our lives, a time where we can connect with the Lord and experience His presence in the midst of a community of believers who are all seeking Him together, as His body, as His bride.