- Exalted One - Elevation Worship
- We Are The Free - Matt Redman
- One Thing Remains - Jesus Culture
God has blessed me with an amazing family. I have a beautiful and wise wife.
She challenges me as a husband, leader, and follower of Jesus.
Recently she challenged me with something I had picked up a long time ago from Carlos Whittaker’s blog post “12 THoughts For and From A Worship Leader”. - Paraphrased it’s basically the idea that, as a worship leader, what I say on stage between the songs I lead on Sunday is equally if not more important than the actual songs we sing.
Kristin challenged me to be more intentional about what I say. I fall into ruts. I think most worship leaders do. One of my ruts is to say “Isn’t it great that we get to do this?”
Now it is great that we get to sing songs about God, to God, for who He is and what He has done for us. That is a great thing. It’s awesome, cool, amazing, “insert your favorite adjective here”. The problem is when that become my default. When it becomes my default, I’m on auto-pilot. When I’m on auto-pilot I’m not intentionally listening through or planning through what I need to say or what God wants to teach us.
When I’m on auto-pilot I’m relying on my own strength.
I do things out of habit instead of out of humility.
So I’m starting a new practice.
I’m calendaring time to literally script out / pray through the songs we’re doing each week and what I will say before / after / during them.
My goal as a worship leader is to give people the opportunity to respond to Jesus because of who He is and what He has done for them. That means that I have to be there already. If I’m helping people take steps, then I need to be some steps ahead on the path beckoning them onward and closer to Jesus.
I’m hoping through this new practice that I’ll get better at listening to the Holy Spirit’s leading. I’m hoping I’ll become a better leader. I’m hoping I lead people to Jesus.
John Mark McMillan on what makes a “great” song.
Thirsty | Day 16 - Near To You
List three or four ways that God has recently strengthened your heart.
Today through His Word. Just this simple Psalm at the end of what seems to be, though I’m not certain as to why, a very tiring day. I feel discouraged and worn out. I feel attacked. I feel like I’m walking into a den of lions hungry and ready to consume me. Yet I find strength in the Word of God.
I also find strength in the promises of God. Though my heart may fail my God never will.
Write a song or prayer to God expressing the deep needs of your heart.
See above video* - This was a spontaneous expression of worship. After I read the passage I just started playing and singing what came from my heart. So spontaneous that at the end some of my students and leaders came in without knowing I was recording. : )
How do you sense God’s nearness in your life?
In the quietness… as He’s waiting for me to listen.
The nearness of God is my good. - Psalm 73:28a
We regard falling from God’s friendship as the only thing dreadful and we consider becoming God’s friend the only thing worthy of honor and desire.
- Gregory of Nyssa