I used to struggle as a worship leader in my early Beginnings. Oh the thoughts that would run through my over obsessive brain. Thoughts like “I am unqualified and unprofessional. What if I’m not pleasing the people or the pastor?”. I am so thankful He opened my eyes and I realized that as a worship leader/pastor I needed to simply follow His leading and worship Him.
In today’s church, there is overwhelming pressure on the worship leader to sing certain songs, sound like the professionals, do the songs like on the CDs and look the part. Oh friends, If we are not careful and deliberate the enemy can so easily get a foothold. If we do not guard our hearts, there is a danger of us falling into the trap of pleasing the people.
This is where worship can so easily become tainted, because eventually giving place to needing man’s affirmation can lead to the rise of pride and self reliance. Then before we know it, worship turns into performance for the people, rather than an offering to God.
When the Lord ministered this to me, I felt such a release and discovered the simple joy of worship. I found an amazing freedom to be who He called and anointed me to be. I now realize as I follow His Spirit, focus on Him and worship Him, others will follow Him too! He assured me if I stay in my rightful place and do my part, He will take His rightful place and do what only He can do!
Worship should always facilitate unity, that’s why it is so important to sing songs that help us to focus on Him and not on us and our stuff. When our focus and worship is on HIM, for HIM and to HIM then everyone will be in one accord, ready to receive God’s Word and respond to it. When this happens, God has taken CENTER PLATFORM and Satan needs to watch out because there is no telling what God can and will do!
Lets take a look at Acts 2:1-4,“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting…..” . I believe if we are willing to focus on Him, align with the Holy spirit, set our own needs, desires aside and unify, God will do exceedingly above what we could possibly imagine. Think about it for just a few minutes, after “Pentecost” thousands upon thousands came to know Jesus, they were saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit.