featured scriptural messages that would pop up as the lyrics were sung, much like the VH1 hit TV show, Pop-Up Video of the 90s. I thought to myself, “Wow, I bet many Christians would enjoy knowing the scriptural message behind the song. Why couldn’t we as the church body have an engaging tool that would allow us to know bible trivia about the songs that we already enjoyed?” Using music as a way to memorize a new skill or explore an interest isn’t anything new. Just think of how much money is spent in advertising for jingles, or how you learned your ABCs. Is it any wonder that music is emphasized in the bible, with God instructing us to “come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song” (Psalm 95:2)? I googled variations of Christian music lyrics connecting to scripture but found little to no resources. And so, an idea was born.
The Worship Team
Though this concept was built to equip all believers, as a singer who has led worship and sung in choirs, I knew how beneficial a resource connecting song to scripture could be helpful for worship teams. It’s so important for singers to carry emotion and musicians to play with feeling–this is so especially true when it comes to singing about God. We are not performing, we are testifying through song. Without a singer’s anointing and conviction that he or she has experienced transformation through Christ firsthand, the music falls flat. Therefore, I knew that this digital platform would not only enhance the worship experience by offering a connection to scripture, but it would be beneficial for worship teams who spend countless hours practicing music but feel under-resourced with biblical resources relating to those songs. Scripturally Sound not only provides song lyrics that lead to scripture and bible studies, but also provides the reverse–scripture to song. User can enter a scripture in the search engine and get a database of songs of many genres-–hymns, gospel, contemporary music (CCM) and more. This feature is especially beneficial for worship directors who need songs that align with the pastor’s sermon so that church services are thematically cohesive. A pastor’s sermon is complemented and punctuated with the songs that the congregation sings in worship. Like Mike Harland of Lifeway Worship Resources says, what we sing matters!
The Church, Everyday Christian & More
Scripturally Sound can also be used in small groups and individuals who would like an unconventional and engaging method of studying the God’s word. With this new technology that merges Christian music and education, Christians can start their day praising in song, and then delve deeper in worship with a devotional rich in scriptural references relating to that song. Additionally, Christian film directors, schools and praise dancers often need songs based on a particular theme. Scripturally Sound makes the search for the right song less cumbersome, providing quality songs that support biblical messages.