I wrote songs for God regularly when I worked in the full-time ministry of my church in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, Philippines. Songwriting would come easy for me, I would have lyrics and melodies in my head and I could just put them on paper quickly. It was a skill that I was able to use for God’s glory, as most of my songs were performed in church.
Years passed, I don’t work for the church anymore and I am finding ways to serve God in my own little way, but I have not written a song for God. I didn’t really paid any attention to it until I got really stressed out with work.
These were hard times for me. I woke up filled with fear. I was defeated and unaware of how to get my confidence back. I spent time in prayer and I cried to God but fear was still lodged in my heart.
One Saturday while I was praying and was still deeply troubled, I reached for my guitar, and sang the songs I wrote for God. I felt great! I cried and I worshipped. I felt peace surrounded me.
I thought about the experience and I said to myself, this is exactly what I need. I need to set aside time to praise and worship God with songs that comes from my heart. My head was in chaos until I raised my voice and worshipped God. All my worries, concern, anxiety and fear were washed away during my time of worship.
Why did I stop singing and making melodies for God? Did I get busy? Did I prioritise differently?
I guess I forgot my first love. I will have a fresh start with Jesus. I will write songs for You my Lord once again.
New International Version (NIV)
19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,