The worship muses’ calling is to be a student of men, a student of the Word, and to strive to illuminate God in men’s hearts through music.
To unpack this a little more, here was my rationale for each part of this tweet:
The worship muse’s calling – If we aspire to be worship songwriters, we should be called to write worship songs for the church, and we should be muses. That means we should first take seriously why we are doing what we are doing, our motivations, our mission. It should be a calling like any other. And, to call ourselves a ‘muse’, we should take seriously our songwriting craft, nurturing it, growing it, trying to improve, and trying to craft songs to the best of our ability, as professionals do. Ours should be a higher effort, a more purposeful song.
Is to be a student of men – we should make it our business to try and understand men. Man’s position before God when unredeemed, and when redeemed. The struggles of man, as learned from our eyes and through observing those around us, and ministering to them and interacting with them. We should understand the need of man for God. Understand that the problems of men stem from ignorance or willful disobedience of God. Many times, our lyrics dwell on this part and don’t go much further, but there is more to this calling.
A student of the Word – This should go without saying, but worship songs should be grounded here. They may be grounded in our lifestyle, in our desire for fresh, creative expression, and this is laudable, but if that creativity is not springing from our deeper knowledge of His Word, it will prove to be our wisdom and not His that we are imparting. This means daily study, looking for ideas in the scripture, looking for wordings and thoughts we can stress, writing songs from scripture passages. If we aren’t serious students of the Word, we are wasting our time, and, worse, we are not putting forth what the Body really needs. The first and foremost thing any one of us need is God’s Word.
And to strive to illuminate God in men’s hearts – This is the crux of the matter, the thing that is our mission that our studies prepare us for and our calling calls us to. We make God real when we find ways to allow His Spirit to move, but we must do more than that – we must aid in illuminating God. That may seem strange – why would God need our help as songwriters to illuminate Himself? Simply because we are tools in His hand, having been gifted with talents and abilities to use for His Glory. Our songs are to be God centered – to honor Him for who He is, why He is worthy of praise. Look at the lyrics you write or are singing – what do they really say about God. Do they have meat, or are they mainly about what we are doing or what we feel or our needs. These help stress people’s need for God, but do less to actually illuminate Him.
Through music – Music is the medium we use. Not only to express our creativity, though that is a part of it. But as a vehicle to deliver what we just said was our mission – illumination of God. What does that mean – plain old things like melody, harmony, and lyrics. It means crafting songs that are great songs – full of singable tunes, memorable lyrics, structures such as rhyme, alliteration, repeated elements, hooks, that assist the music to do its job of illuminating God. Remember, an effective song will work not just when sung in a church or on the radio, but, implanted in the listeners head, it will work and work and work. If I could implant something in your head that would be with you for weeks, months, or even years, wouldn’t I want that message to be something that would serve you, and serve God’s purpose for you? If we do the music right, that is the opportunity that is worthy of the calling.
That was the best I could come up with to fit the worship muse’s calling into a tweet. What about you – what would you tweet as the worship muse’s calling?