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The Heart of Songwriting

Jeremy Riddle

0:52:56 · Songwriting

Jeremy admonishes us to take seriously the task of writing corporate worship songs and gives scripture about the importance of songwriting. Songwriters are a mouthpiece for the church and need to be theologians who know the Word of God.

The Heart of Songwriting - Jermey Riddle

Who you are is a much more important than what you create.

Why is the state of your heart such an important part of being a songwriter for corporate worship?
  • Take some time to soak in these verses. Let God speak to you in light of being a songwriter.
  • “My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.” Psalm 45
  • “For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45
  • “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
  • “May the words of my mouth & the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
  • Write songs that are alive & real to you. You are called to live & breathe what you write.
Why is writing corporate worship songs important to you?
  • What songs minister to you? What songs have you invested in privately?
  • As a songwriter, you are a mouthpiece for the church.
  • Take some time to pray from this perspective & ask the Holy Spirit to help you write these prayers into songs that a Bride can sing to her Bridegroom.
  • Corporate worship songs have unique qualifications.
Songwriters can kill creativity by starting the editing process too soon.
  • What would you say are 3 qualities of a successful corporate worship song?
  • Is there rich meaning in your lyrics? Does your song work with simple instrumentation?
  • As Bill Johnson expressed, “Pray for the anointing to be a wordsmith, a craftsman of sentences that stay with people.”
  • Songwriter’s need to become theologians- those who study God.
How are you a student of Jesus?
  • What past & present worship songs have lifted a cry from the people of God?
  • Describe your songwriting process. What is your balance between inspiration & discipline?
  • What are 3 insights that Jeremy shared that will affect your songwriting process?