Songwriting Tip: Do A Word Search

Sometimes when I want to write on a certain theme I do a word search using the ESV Online Study Bible.

Recently I was thinking about the phrase ?sun of righteousness? in Malachi 4.2:

But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings…

So I did a search for ?sun,? printed the verses out, picked up my guitar and began singing through the Scriptures. ?Eventually, some of them took shape into a song.

Here are the Scriptures I used followed by the song lyrics:

For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly. ?(Psalm 84:11)

The sun shall be no more your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon give you light;
but the LORD will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
Your sun shall no more go down,
nor your moon withdraw itself;
for the LORD will be your everlasting light,
and your days of mourning shall be ended. (Isaiah 60:19-20)

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1)

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. (Revelation 21:23)

Sun of Righteousness

O shine upon us Sun of Righteousness
For you have risen with healing in your wings
Heal us, revive us,
Breathe on us new life
For in your light we see light

Once in the darkness our Savior hung
Enduring God’s wrath in our place
You nailed all our sin to that cross of pain
And opened a fountain of grace
Oh Jesus, your name is our sun and shield
You’re worthy of all of our trust
We?ll arise and we?ll shine for our light has come
Your glory is shining on us

One day we won?t need the sun to shine
We won’t need the moon when it?s night
For you alone will be our glory
And our everlasting light
Our sun will no longer go down again
The days of our tears will be through
Our hope and our joy will not fade away
The day you make everything new

c Mark Altrogge 2010

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Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.

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