Words & Music
What does writing, recording, and releasing worship look like?
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A pivotal part of making music for The LORD is being a "workman" when it comes to knowing the Biblical text, His Word.
Here is a quick personal share. It was 2006 and I was setting up music equipment for a church service when the LORD spoke to me, “When you come to Me in worship always enter in through My Word.” You see at that time and at that church the service began with three to five songs back to back to back. There was usually a music interlude or prayer that separated songs; anything to facilitate basically the transition from fast songs into slower songs, but not usually quoting of Scripture. Well, it was easy to incorporate the Bible verses and what an immediate blessing it introduced having Scripture proclaimed by congregation members throughout worship! For psalmwriters, worship servants, and participants, knowing GOD’s Word will dramatically affect your worship. As Scripture ceases to be something so foreign and becomes more familiar the words begin to take on a Way, a Truth, and a Life that penetrates your deepest parts (Hebrews 4:12).
Knowing Biblical text starts with picking up the Bible, opening it, letting your eyes navigate from page to page, and from top to bottom. There was a time in my life when that was incredibly difficult because the voyage from verse to verse was met with a heavy condemnation. Often times I felt judged, not good enough. It shut me down. If you have ever felt this or experience this feeling today let me assure you that is not what GOD desires for you. He wants you to love His Word, His Son, and find blessings at every turn of every page. Today I get inspired each time I read or hear Scripture. I am convicted by it, and no longer condemned. What made the difference? It was not easy, but I realized I was wrong, I was sorry, and I needed forgiveness of my sins. That’s not all though… there was one more step. After realizing my sinfulness I talked to Jesus about it. I told Him I was sorry for my sin, sorry for not trusting Him. I told Him I was wrong not to think He could handle it and wrong that He didn’t want to take on my ugliness. I understood that holding on to that weight was not just death for me, but it was denying what He had done on a cross made of wood some two thousand years ago. Accepting His completed work and place as my Sheep Gate (Savior) and Shepherd (LORD) has changed my life. It has changed my writing. I remember attending songwriting workshops that celebrated and taught how to be a better story teller. What I am so excited about in this new portfolio of material is the Truth that The LORD is setting to music and words and how He is allowing me the strength to set myself aside and be a faithful servant, a willing vessel for His Will, not mine, His Power, not mine, His Wisdom, not mine, and His love, no longer a self-love or a worldly love, amen. Knowing Biblical text is key in being a faithful psalmwriter, an authentic disciple, and no longer just an accomplished story teller (Colossians 3:16).
picture top: wood relief at the Garden of Gethsemane Church of all Nations Israel 2013
picture bottom: dancing on Mount Scopus Campus Glick Observation Plaza Israel 2013