Why do you write scripture songs?
Songs based on scripture provide an easy way to learn the Bible better. Several years ago I was leading children to sing and remember Bible verses. What better message to instill in fresh minds and hearts than God is planning great things for your life! Writing Bible memory songs, or scripture songs aids those wanting to achieve scripture memory.
But first, how is it that God has prepared wonderful things for us to do? How is this possible? The answer is laced all throughout the New Testament, but for this song I landed on 2 Peter 1:3. God has given us His divine power through His promises in the Bible. By getting to know HIm better we discover that power to live in a way that pleases Him content with the Godliness He provides.
How did you get the idea for the tune?
In my mind I imagined the first reading of these words. Who were they for? How might they respond when they realized the great hope extended to them? I picture people who would have been familiar with Jewish folk music, but at the time just remembered how a I and a V chord provide accompaniment for dance music of the day. With that as a start the tune sort of took off in a direction of driving happiness. Adding the Ephesians song was easy because of the notes the voice sings. It’s an easy key change when the voice shares a common note between the two keys!