I've been realizing lately that I'm not the only one in the world that writes songs. I mean, my toddler writes songs. But, I am the only one in the world who can write the songs God has given me (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
Just yesterday, I wrote two more songs. These songs will never be heard by anyone, ever. They flared up in my soul as a message God was whispering to me while meditating on some things and hearing God's Word in a new way. They flared up and burned away, but not without purpose.
Sometimes a song becomes a story only to be told to my own heart. Sometimes it acts as a way to convict my soul of immaturity or misunderstanding of the Gospel. Sometimes it grows into a story lifted in churches and living rooms. And sometimes it's a story that quickly fades. The bottom line is this: sacred songs are meant to be an expression of inspiration from God about who He is and what He is doing, used for the edification of God's people.
Songs always has the potential to convey God's story to the masses, and for that reason, sacred songwriting is not to be taken lightly. Each song is an opportunity to speak to God, and have God speak to us, on a level not traversable on any other plane.
Songwriters: as we write, be a vessel of inspiration and art. Make your lyrics intentional and scriptural, knowing that substance is more important than rhyme. Fight the urge to simply right to sound good or be known - write so that God is known.
We are all parts of the song God is singing over us, so let's do our best to reflect that song to the world.