I don’t actually write songs of any kind. But I can say without a shadow of a doubt that what follows is the formula for the perfect worship song. And by “perfect” I mean the one that K-Love will play endlessly, worship leaders will rush to add to playlists, and might even win you a Dove award.
G, C, D (More are optional, but these will cut it.)
2 or more acts of nature:
River, Rain, Fire, Flood, Ocean, Wave, Whirlwind
2 or more physical actions:
Raise hands, Fall on knees, Dance, Run, Leap, Clap, Embrace
1 or more vague prophetic or apocalyptic references:
Days of Elijah, Coming on a cloud, Chariots, Horses, Warrior, Thunder, Lightning
Unexpectedly switch who you are singing to:
To God, to each other, to the world, back to God, to the heavens, back to God, to your neighbor, and back to God
Use opaquely creepy language:
I want to touch you, You whisper my name, In the secret place, You always see me, You never leave me
We believe in a triune God. What does that mean? We don’t really know, so let’s just mix it up.
Use 3 or more names of God (any of the persons of the Trinity):
Father, Son, Spirit. King, Ruler, Savior, Redeemer, Friend, Lamb, Lion, El Shaddai, Creator, Provider, Shepherd, etc.
Remind God where to show up:
Where are we? In this place! (He wasn’t sure.)
Ask for revival:
Never mind that we skipped over plain old “vival.” Let’s redo it any how!
Musical interlude ideal for breathy prayers:
“Jeeeeeesus, papadaddyGod, we welcome you in this place . . .”
Fill all additional gaps with sound affects:
mmmmm, oooooh, yeah yeah, la la la
For additional impact you can:
- Use a mandolin
- Wear v-neck t-shirts so low cut they make your mother blush
- More cowbell
- Project the words onto images of mountains and eagles on the screen
- Wear a fedora
- Use pomade
- Use shipping pallets as part of your stage design