Blogpost by ‘Tobi Salako and Oluwaloni Familoni
Leading God is Good that first Sunday we sang it in Church came across like it was a very timely song. But then, I also think it’s one of those songs that is kind of timeless: Everyone is always in a situation where you really just need to know that God is good, no matter what anything or everything else may say or dictate at the time.
In writing songs and leading worship, what you want to come across is authenticity. And that’s one of our core values in Church. You want people to know that you are singing to a real God. You want to really be touching on people’s hearts, not just creating some hype. It’s not a show at all. Worship is a real thing going on!
Writing God is Good was definitely a Holy Spirit-inspired process. It was supernatural, though it played out in a very natural way.
There were also lessons we learnt from the writing process. Let’s share two:
1. The supernatural workings of God are not always spectacular:
Pastor Tolu talks a lot about this, but maybe our experience writing this song really brought meaning to that.
Pastor Tolu spoke some prophetic words over the worship team during a prayer service back in April 2017, about God giving us songs and raising a sound out of our worship to the ends of the earth, among other things. It took a couple of months to see the fruits of those words. I was expecting some spectacular moment, where we would be locked in a room and like the day of Pentecost, a mighty rushing wind would bring lyrics and tunes to us. But I was wrong. I still can’t completely explain how in two weeks, we had two songs on Sycamore Worship’s name without forcing anything. It definitely wasn’t as spectacular as I expected, but it was a supernatural working of God!
The chorus and bridge of ‘God is Good’ were composed in a store while doing “warm-ups” before a service! (Truthfully, it was more of chilling while hiding from set up!) It seemed ordinary at the time.
A few days later, sitting around with a guitar, a board and a marker seemed very ordinary. We dedicated a whole day to try to write the verses but went home blank. Pastor Tolu went home and came back the next morning with three verses that seemed pretty ordinary! But now, I hear testimonies of how the song has been an assurance for people; I hear how those lyrics that sprang up from ordinary moments were God’s words, His promises, and encouragement to people.
It’s actually not ordinary! It’s not the story of someone’s talent or someone’s diligence, but it is a story of a loving Father reaching out to His children through whatever means He can find available.
I have learnt that the words of God will come to pass- you do what you should do, don’t sit down expecting some spectacular moment (although God will sometimes show up spectacularly, but leave that to Him). You work, expecting God to show up and make your natural, supernatural.
2. The right numbers attract special grace:
I have written a number of songs by myself, but none of these has ever had the impact that God is Good has had on people. The fact that more than one person was working on this song brought a grace that I had never experienced- one of speed and accuracy. Just that togetherness for a God purpose- it was really blessed.
Sometimes, God will just bring some people together and bless that union for his purpose. In retrospect, I really can’t make light of moments when we were hanging out together or praying together and just really sensing God’s presence. Evidently, there was such grace upon our togetherness that we didn’t even realize all it was birthing.
God is Good came as a song in season for our church and I have lost count of the number of testimonies I have heard about it. I can’t imagine how long it would have taken if I tried to do it alone, or how mistaken I would have been in what I put out. I wonder how much I would have burdened God’s working in our church or been a hindrance to God’s divine plan if I wanted to be the star.
The people around us are not there by accident and when God wants something done through you, He will often use the relationships around to strengthen his working.
The most significant part of our story is being part of the bigger story.
I think ‘God is good’ is sometimes such a throw-away line in services and whatnot, but if you look at the average person who comes in to a service and maybe how they were going through things that would seem unimaginable to some of us, it’s such an encouragement hearing songs like this and singing them over our lives in faith:
God’s got good coming
Good God, so good; He’s got good coming!
Our prayer is that when people hear this song, ‘God is good’ would cease to be a cliché and in a deeper way, would become a revelation that encourages hearts and opens them up to even more and more of the goodness of God.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV.