Why I write songs
Many songwriters would give a far more detailed list of reasons why they write songs, but I’m not sure if I’m a ‘REAL’ songwriter in the true sense of the word. But I do know that I love to write songs, and here’s why…
1. I love the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Psalm 40:2-3 says, “He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a NEW SONG in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.”
Ever since the day God the Father poured his love into my heart through the Holy Spirit, Jesus the Son has become my delight. He’s the One I love to sing about!
When I spend time with my Saviour I get songs that well up inside me. I can be driving my car praying and in an instant be overcome with God’s presence and right there begin to sing and worship. That’s how many of the songs I’ve written have begun. Some were started and completed in one car ride, others began there but then progressed a few days later with my guitar or piano at home. Sometimes these songs are just for me and other times they’re written for the church. I’ve tried writing songs about all kinds of other things but for some reason I can’t. Not sure why?
2. I love the church
I want to share the new songs given me with the church so that we delight more and more in the worth and work of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I want to write songs that remind us we are anchored in the only One who can keep us, sustain us, guides us to the final day.
Worship is so much more than an event. It’s all of life. The new song he put in our mouths is one we’re to sing all day long, 7 days a week, 365 days a year in spite our outward circumstances. I can’t tell you how many times my eyes have been turned in the midst of a trial to see Jesus and to once again have a right perspective on my situation as I sang a song written by someone for the church.
There are still thousands to be written and thousands to be sung. I’m so glad I get to play a small part.