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The Heart of 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?