At the end of this series, I hope you have a true desire to write a good, God-honouring song (or songs!), and I hope you have tried your hand at it by now. I hope you have picked up some ideas for inspiration, instruction to help you actually carry it out, and tools to make it useful and good. The last thing we need to talk about is the essential “Now what?”
We have a pretty little song with perfect words and rhymes, but what are we supposed to do with this song?
The answer to that question depends a lot on you and your circumstances. Consider the purpose of the song: Why did you write it in the first place? I could spend paragraphs discussing what you could and should do with it and why, but I will spare you that and make an easy-to-read list for you:
ü Keep it personal. Use your music in your own personal worship to voice your individual praise to God or to teach yourself some truth.
ü Perform it. Sing the song in front of the person for whom it is written. If it is a general application for Christians, sing it at church. If it is an encouragement for teens, sing it at youth group. If it is for your children, sing it at their graduation or wedding.
ü Publish it. Give a copy of your music to your church worship leader, choir director, or send it to a publishing company to share with the widespread church.
There is one extremely important thing that you are not allowed to use your music for: pride. The point of writing it is not to shun everyone else’s music as if it’s not good enough. The point of performing it is not to show off your skills. The point of publishing it is not to give yourself a name. Remember the two purposes of writing music:
To glorify God
To edify the Church
Nowhere in that list of purposes does it include pride, so if that’s why you’re writing, stop and get your heart right with the Lord before you continue.
So, do something with your music that glorifies God and edifies the Church. Be creative! Music is a beautiful and wonderful tool in helping us focus on the Lord and grow.
Thank you for going through this series with me! I hope you enjoyed it and found it useful.
Soli Deo Gloria!