Guidelines For Writing Scripture Songs

  1. Songs must be original compositions (not arrangements).
  2. Songs must be simple and easy to learn.
  3. Songs must aid in scripture memorization.
  4. Songs must be cheerful and tuneful.
  5. Songs can have an international sound.
  6. Lyrics to Bible verses can vary slightly to accommodate tune.
  7. The Bible reference should be included in the song.
  8. The composer agrees to transfer copyright ownership of the song to the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Quotes on Putting Scripture to Song

“As the children of Israel, journeying through the wilderness, cheered their way by the music of sacred song, so God bids His children today gladden their pilgrim life. There are few means more effective for fixing His words in the memory than repeating them in song. And such song has wonderful power. It has power to subdue rude and uncultivated natures; power to quicken thought and to awaken sympathy, to promote harmony of action, and to banish the gloom and foreboding that destroy courage and weaken effort” (E.G. White, Education, p. 167.5).

“It is one of the most effective means of impressing the heart with spiritual truth. How often to the soul hard-pressed and ready to despair, memory recalls some word of God’s—the long-forgotten burden of a childhood song,—and temptations lose their power, life takes on new meaning and new purpose, and courage and gladness are imparted to other souls! ” (E.G. White,Education, p. 168.1).

“The value of song as a means of education should never be lost sight of. Let there be singing in the home, of songs that are sweet and pure, and there will be fewer words of censure and more of cheerfulness and hope and joy. Let there be singing in the school, and the pupils will be drawn closer to God, to their teachers, and to one another” (E.G. White, Education, p. 168.2).

“As a part of religious service, singing is as much an act of worship as is prayer. Indeed, many a song is prayer. If the child is taught to realize this, he will think more of the meaning of the words he sings and will be more susceptible to their power” (E.G. White, Education, p. 168.3).

“As our Redeemer leads us to the threshold of the Infinite, flushed with the glory of God, we may catch the themes of praise and thanksgiving from the heavenly choir round about the throne; and as the echo of the angels’ song is awakened in our earthly homes, hearts will be drawn closer to the heavenly singers. Heaven’s communion begins on earth. We learn here the keynote of its praise” (E.G. White, Education, p. 168.4).