For this month’s Songwriter’s Notebook, I want to share with you a simple song called “Daybreak.” I was asked to lead worship for a very early morning session at conference a few years back. The session was called “5:3” or something like that. I asked about the name of the session and was told it was for Psalm 5:3, which reads “At daybreak, Lord, You hear my voice; at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly.(HCSB).” Perfect.
I like songs with meat and that are well crafted and have a clever turn of a phrase. But I love a simple song that’s true. And there’s no better source of truth than the scriptures themselves. Some of my sweetest times of personal worship have come about by “psalming,” which is a free-form, speak-sing style of scriptural meditation, usually performed spontaneously. That’s how this song came to be. I like to use it early in the morning. And when I do, I go back to that sweet place when it was written. Just me, a guitar, a few chords, and the Truth.
Question: What do you think? Would you use this? Your comments are welcome.