I wrote the song GATHER as a rallying cry and a reminder that we are not alone, even though we may feel like we are in our modern world. It’s a song that celebrates this deep communion with not only one another but with our living Creator. He yearns for us to be at rest in him so we can have space to receive his love, grace, and mercy.
God’s mandate corrects any and all self-centered approaches to worship. It reminds us that we don’t worship the Lord to have our needs met or to feel better about ourselves or to get something out of it, though each of those objectives may be reached during times of praise. Instead, we worship in obedience to God’s Word, regardless of how we feel.
We all dream of that day when we are sitting in the music publisher’s office and he nods as our song plays. Or we play that worship song for our congregation and it is performed at other churches and goes viral online. Or we are able to go to Nashville and write with others and be part of a successful song. Rewind to now. How do you get there? Where do you start with what you have?
We are storied creatures, created to encounter truth not merely through rational doctrine or emotional expression, but also through narrative incarnation. As we sing the stories of God’s redemption of his people, we inhabit that redemption, we expand our worship and enter into God’s own story.