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Write With Healing in Mind -

You have anointed my head with oil…

Psalm 23:5b -

One thing we can always count on: life, due to sin, is full of pain and sorrow. This means there will always be need of comfort and healing. As a song receiver, you must be constantly aware of the needs of those you are writing for. Remember, also, that God wastes nothing – not even your sorrow and pain. Do not hesitate to allow the sorrows and wounds of your own life to inspire you to receive songs that will minister healing to yourself and to others. As you walk in relationship with God and others, allow life to flow from those relationships and you receive the comfort and healing you need personally – then extend that same hope to others through the songs you receive through the process. This will make for songs that are deeper than the surface – songs that cut to the root of the pain and sorrow and minister healing right where they are needed most. Cry out to God in the midst of your pain and cry out to God for others in the midst of theirs. Songs of deliverance – of comfort and healing – will flow as a result.

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,

Because the LORD has anointed me

To bring good news to the afflicted;

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to captives

And freedom to prisoners;

To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD

And the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all who mourn,

To grant those who mourn in Zion,

Giving them a garland instead of ashes,

The oil of gladness instead of mourning,

The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.

So they will be called oaks of righteousness,

The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

Isaiah 61:1-3 NASB

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Write From the Table Set Before You -

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies…

Psalm 23:5a NASB -

Far too often, Christians walk around believing they are somehow relegated to whatever their circumstances are. We allow the enemy to dictate our lives according to our present situation. The truth is this: as new creations we are children of the King! We are liuterally joint-heirs with Christ! What does this mean? We do not have to settle for anything less than God’s best – regardless of our circumstances! How do we do that? We recognize that we must view life and its circumstances from the King’s point of view rather than from the point of view of the enemy. In other words, God has prepared a feast for us in the very midst of the lies of the enemy. We can either choose to sit at the table of God’s presence and perspective or we can sit under the table and eat the crumbs the enemy wants us to see from the vantage point of our circumstances. As you walk in relationship with Christ this week as a song receiver, ask Him to allow you to see your circumstances from His point of view…and then write from that perspective. Above all, honor God by walking as a Kingdom Seeker by walking according to your identity as a new creation.

But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…

1 Peter 2:9 NASB

Write Songs of Comfort -

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 24:4b

When my children were small, it was often my privilege to comfort them when they would fall and scrape a knee or when they had just received discipline and gone through the steps of repentance. What I have discovered in ministry is that all people need comfort some time in their life. I ask the Lord for songs of comfort for those I am in relationship with or for those I am ministering to at large. Some of those songs are for those broken by life who need a means of crying out to God with their need for comfort. Some of those songs are for those who have gone through the steps of repentance and now need the reassurance that God loves them immensely and that everything really is going to be all right. Listen for such songs this week and then use those songs in ministry to those around you when possible.

"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper [Comforter], that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth…” Jesus

John 14:16-17a NASB

Write For Those Who Grieve or Face Death -

Whether we like it or not, we will always encounter death in this life. As a song receiver, you have a very unique opportunity to minister to those who sorrow – to comfort them in their grief. There have been so many times in my own life when only a song could break through my pain…and in the many years I have been ministering now, I can attest to the reality that this is true so often in the lives of those I minister to who are going through a time of loss. God has sent us to bind up the broken-hearted and to comfort those who grieve. Some grieve the loss of friend or family member who has died. Some grieve the loss of a vision or a dream. Some sorrow over the loss of a relationship that comes with divorce, or a friend moving away, or from a disagreement with a close friend. Allow the Lord to awaken your sensitivity to those who grieve around you and receive songs of comfort for them…and then share those songs when the time is right. Be sensitive also to those who face death – whether their own or a close family member or friend – and receive songs that will ease them through the journey they are on. Fear is dealt a deathblow when we know we are not alone. Remind people that God is with them.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I fear no evil, for You are with me…

Psalm 23:4 NASB

Write as One Who Knows God’s Name -

One of the ways we get to know someone is to first learn their name. Once we know someone’s name and begin to spend time with them, we begin to associate their attributes with their name. Spending time with the Lord is like that. He is Jehovah Shalom – Peace. He is Jehovah Jireh – Provider. He is Jehovah Tsidkenu – Righteousness. He is Jehovah Shammah – Present. He is Jehovah Rophe – Healer. He is Jehovah M’Kaddesh – Holy. He is Jehovah Rohi – Shepherd. He is Redeemer, Savior, King, and Lord. When we understand Who God is, we allow that knowing to permeate our writing. Meditate on the name of God today and allow His character to influence your creativity.

He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.

Psalm 23:3b NASB