During our service on Sunday morning, Pastor Don began a new series, and reminded me of a blog post I’d written back in April of 2011. Though I’ve seen some significant shifts around me in worship renewal over the years since I wrote this, the premise remains true:
As a worship leader, my heart is for my God and for my congregation. I am filled with compassion for us as a family to mingle our voices, our hearts, and our stories as we come to Him together in worship. I desire for our people to long to be with each other and to know God intimately. As I pray and prepare for services, this is on the forefront of my heart and mind.
WORSHIP IS WHAT SPILLS OUT OF US BECAUSE WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED THE ALMIGHTY GOD
- I think of Isaiah, overwhelmed in the presence of the Lord. What overwhelmed him was his own wretchedness, revealed by the holiness of God (Isaiah 6). He was UNDONE. He needed cleansing. Bare, weak and vulnerable before the Lord, His surrender and desperation was His worship. THAT IS NOT COMFORTABLE.
- I think of John falling down as though dead when he saw Christ – hair white as wool, with eyes that blazed like fire, feet like glowing bronze and a voice like rushing water (Revelation 1). And I think of his description of the worshipers in Heaven – falling down before the Lord and crying out to God day and night (Revelation 4-5). Their worship is not confined to a killer 12-minute set.
- No worship leader made John fall as dead. No well-written or amazingly-executed song created the worshipers’ desperation before the Lord. No lights or effects caused Isaiah to become undone. He simply was undone because of the presence of the Holy God and the deep, anguishing ache of desperation for holiness himself.
He alone answers hunger. He alone answers brokenness.
He alone answers surrender. He alone answers death.