Recently, my pastor, Charlie Weir, shared something about David that I’ve never heard before. He was talking about David and Goliath, and how the encounter with Goliath was not the first time David had to fight. Being a valiant shepherd boy, he had killed lions and bears with his bare hands. It took killing lions and bears to prepare him for killing a giant. But by the time he faced the giant, he was so confident because of his experience with God’s faithfulness before. Looking at some of his writing, you can see how this comes to life:
Psalm 91:13-14 "You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down. 'Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.'"
Such grit, such confidence.
Sometimes we shy away from the bears and lions. We want to immediately tackle the giant. But what this story shows us is that every step of the journey is important. Every step instructs, arms, and steers our hearts with what they need in order for us to reach the next thing we will face.
As you are learning to write songs, it will be a step by step process. Soak in what you can from each step. You will need everything God teaches you along the way. Sometimes you may not understand it till later. Enjoy the journey. One day you will reach the giant!