This is the first article since announcing the Worship Contest that deals with writing worship songs. Before you start to write your song, you need to know what you want to say. For the contest, one of the requirements is that you must back up some of your words with a least one Scripture verse.
You may take a verse and sing it. That works. I did that for Psalm 67 in my Friends of the Heart CD. It’s literally Scripture. God’s Word is Active and Alive. It’s good to meditate on it. In a Bible Class I took years ago, they told us to pick a verse and find 30 truths or applications. My verse was Jeremiah 9:23-24
Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
The first ones were easy to see. We are not supposed to boast. It got harder finding the numbers 25 – 30, but it hit me what God didn’t say. He didn’t say we should boast about His wisdom, His power and His riches which He possesses to the ultimate. No, instead He says to boast about His Lovingkindness, his righteous attributes and to boast that we know Him.
How do we know Him? Take a real good look at Jesus in the New Testament. You now know God. Jesus said if we have seen Him, then we have seen the Father. He said as we abide in Him and His Word abides in us then we can ask whatever we wish and it will be done. (We will desire for God’s will to be done!)
Last week, I sat down and wrote this song based on that passage in Jeremiah and on the observations I saw. I wanted to make the song easy, so it starts in the key of D with the I, IV & V (D, G & A7). This is covered in my Worship Guitar Class DVD volume 2. When you sign up for the Newsletter, you receive an e-book of common chords and the I, IV and V are there too.
Songs often have a chorus which repeats after verses. An easy format could be Chorus, verse 1, Chorus, verse 1 ,etc. For the verses I added a few other chords in the Key of D, this is from that free e-book.
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