On Blogging, Psalms, and Songwriting

For years I have looked askance at blogging as the annoying platform of wanna-be writers. Obviously I have changed my opinion, or I consider myself a wanna-be writer who wants so desperately to write more that I am willing to risk annoying others to do so. You be the judge. Either way, I decided to take the plunge into the world of blogging for 3 simple reasons.

  1. I recently read an article by a prolific, popular blogger who said he loved the faithful, plodding bloggers. I figured if someone of his caliber appreciated the average blogger, than maybe I have a chance to make an impact. And if I can do anything more to glorify God better in my life, I ought to. And my previous attitude towards bloggers was arrogant. There, I said it.
  2. I have often thought if I do not have anything of value to say, I shouldn’t say anything at all. To my regret, I have not always followed that rule. Apparently a lot of us struggle with that rule. So, I have to ask myself, “What can I say to other people that is valuable and will truly benefit them?” For me, the answer comes in the form of theology and worship. For the last five years I have had the privilege of serving as an assistant pastor and finishing my seminary education, with much of that time spent focusing on music and worship in the church.  I also devoted myself to a book study of the Psalms (more on that in my next post). I want to articulate, refine, and dive more deeply into that study by sharing it with you. I pray it will glorify God and feed your soul (and mine!).
  3. I am a songwriter. Just recently I have had more opportunities open up, and I would like to share that music with as many people as possible in the days to come. Joseph Martin says that sacred songwriters must strive for a balance between ministry, artistry, and industry. It’s kind of hard to market your own stuff while looking humble, so I’ve decided to be frank about the whole thing. I write music and pursue publication because I desperately want people to sing these songs and learn the theology that anchors my texts. From my heart to yours, I want this music to introduce you to my incredible God so you can love him and know him. Feel free to check out my songs by clicking on the “Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs” button at the top of my page. When a new song comes out, I will try to share it there as soon as possible.

There you have it. You can expect these blogs to focus on a biblical theology of the Psalms, with an application toward everyday life. I hope and pray these few words will help you be like the person who meditates on the law of God.

He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.”

~Psalm 1:3



4 thoughts on “On Blogging, Psalms, and Songwriting

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  1. It’s great to see you enter the fray! Perhaps you should do a book review of Dr. Bell’s newly printed theology of the Psalms.


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