Worship Song Mad Libs

A friend just guided me to this little idea posted at the Wittenburg Door.

Though it has a “tone,” I think it speaks to some of the issues we should be attending to in worship songwriting today.

I passionately believe that he power of today’s worship songs is their simplicity, their recovery of intimacy and the Song of Solomic tradition in worship lyricism, the emotional integration (and healing) of the Church, and the power of the Hebrew idea of the always-necessary “new song” that every generation must revisit.

Yet, may this sarcastic play on the issue of over simplified, or less reflective lyricism, spur us on as from one who gives us good counsel, but says it with a big bite of irony.

Evangelical Mad Libs

RELEASES FEB. 8, 2022 | Brazos press

Sheltering Mercy helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms. Co-written with Ryan Whitaker Smith, Brazos Publishing.

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