When we look at the book of Psalms, we can see the love and devotion one so-in-love expresses for their creator. David, one of the main authors of Psalms (which means “song of praise” in Greek), writes from the depth of his heart as he desires continual devotion with God. He writes of strength, wisdom, love, struggle, persecution, etc. His songs now serve as inspiration for worship songs, poems and even messages. Now, before Christ was crucified, there was still a veil that separated man from being able to have direct access to God, even in worship. It is interesting to point out that before that veil was ripped at the point when Christ died, as in Hebrews 9 says, if a place of worship stood no one but the high priest could really enter into the very presence of God, as it was not yet manifested or open to man. Only once a year, one priest could enter into Holies of Holies and with that, came a long process or cleansing and sacrifices. It was quite detailed what they had to do
The Holy Spirit was thus signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was still standing (Hebrews 9:8)
But we can see that now, today, because of Jesus Christ, we have something that even the Psalmist didn’t have: direct access to God. The amazing thing that inspires me today about the sacrifice on the cross, is that the veil was broken once and for all. Worshipers can now enter into the presence of God, people can now have access. As we attempt to write songs like the Psalmists have done, we can now write something that we are thankful for, the sacrifice of Christ. It is our redemption from the old covenant, the law, the sin of man and the need for constant sacrifices. Our thankful hearts can get inspired by the grace and love of Christ to come and die for us, even when we didn’t deserve it. If you had the opportunity to write, what would you say?
If you’re thinking about worship songs, start at the cross. Be amazed at the privilege we have to enter into God’s presence. Your heart will be filled with thankfulness, seeking and longing for God like the Psalmist says in Psalms 42:1, panting of thirst after thee like a deer panting for water. Broaden your language, base it off a scripture and listen to the quiet whisper of God as He inspires you to write.
Have you ever had the opportunity to write a song? Start at the cross. Christ died, the veil was broken and sin no longer conquered. As you start thinking about these things, inspiration will flow and words will start to cross your mind. Walk around with a pen and paper, you never know when something might inspire a worship line to our creator.