A Musical Journey of Worship with David Leonard

Connecting with God Together

When Family Life Radio sat down to chat with David Leonard, a Christian musician originally from Arkansas but now making his home in Franklin, Tennessee, he shared his approach to songwriting.

David is a singer, songwriter, keyboard player, producer and studio owner. He’s the creative force behind songs that resonate with people on a deeply personal level, and his music is a testament to his desire for connection and worship.

In his interview, David shared his approach to songwriting: “I think every time when I’m writing a song, I’m thinking about how people are going to connect with it.”

When he began writing songs, each one had a face. Each song was written for someone in particular, someone in the congregation.

This sentiment forms the cornerstone of his musical journey.

David’s songs are crafted not just for artistic expression but also to create a bridge between his heart and the hearts of his listeners.

According to Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (ESV). David’s music echoes his desire to be close to God by reaching out to those who may be struggling, offering them comfort and connection.

David’s music draws inspiration from his own life, as he revealed, “A lot of the songs that I write come out of situations that are happening within my family and my friends.”

In his vulnerability, he explores life’s ups and downs, reminding you that you’re not alone in your experiences. You are part of a broader human story, and his songs become a soundtrack for that shared journey.

Proverbs 17:17 speaks to the significance of friendship in these shared experiences: “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (ESV).

David’s songs are like a friend who stands by us during troubled times, reminding us of our common struggles and triumphs.

The connection is not just on the personal level. David’s music also carries a profound sense of common worship.

David stated, “We call it worship elements, but we’re just actually looking for congregational singing moments.”

David’s music aspires to unite people in worship, to create moments where voices join in harmonious praise.

As Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (ESV).

Through his music, David encourages congregational singing, where hearts are turned together toward God in gratitude and praise.

David Leonard’s music expresses a universal longing for connection. He emphasized, “I think we all just desire for connection.” This innate desire for connection is not only about connecting with others but also about connecting with God together.

In Isaiah 55:3, God extends an invitation to all who seek connection: “Incline your ear and come to me; hear that your soul may live” (ESV). In the melodies and lyrics of David’s songs, you find an echo of this invitation, inviting you to incline your heart and find life in the connection between your soul and the God who loves you.

In a world often characterized by isolation, his music stands as a powerful reminder of the beauty of shared experiences, both in life’s trials and in our collective worship of the Lord.

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