Hey Worship Leader! Here are 3 myths of worship (leading) As you read, the word “worship” could mean different things in context. I use it to mean a life of worship or to mean a song of worship or the art of leading worship. All in all, here are 3 myths of worship debunked;

  1. Worship Is A Slow Song I’m sure by now most of us have heard numerous sermons, or have attended seminars that teach us that worship is a lifestyle. If you haven’t, that’s absolutely fine too 🙂 🙂 . On a broader scale of things, worship is our lives’ response to the price that was paid on Calvary for us. Yes, we can worship God just because we are alive but what is life without Jesus? Worship is a life of complete devotion and dedication to the great king of the whole wide world, and most importantly, the king of our hearts. Worship songs however, are sung to try to put into words what our lives act out and how our hearts feel concerning God. They also aim to magnify God in ways our words may not be able to. So, the next time you listen to “I pray for you, you pray for me. I love you, I need you to survive. You are important to me, I need you to survive”, let it just be that – a song of encouragement. In Jesus name.
  2. “The Louder You Shout, The Faster He Comes” I’m not too sure where to begin with this one. I have actually heard this phrase used a number of times during worship and I cringe every time. What does that even mean?  I am all for encouraging a congregation to feel comfortable during a worship experience, but psychological antics that are not biblical is plain witchcraft.  There is nothing against shouting and there is nothing wrong with jumping and celebrating the joy of the Lord, but why will you let people feel like their experience of God is contingent on the destruction of their larynx? Where 2 or 3 are gathered in Jesus’ name, He is in their midst. Albeit, not everyone in the room may have their minds set on Jesus so the 2 or 3 only becomes 1, figuratively. However, getting the 2 or 3 on board with Jesus requires the word of God and not a psychological antic. What’s the point in everyone making empty and broken noise to a perfect and glorious God? There are similar phrases like these used constantly that should be stopped or at least tested against the word of God.  If we have certain worship style preferences, let’s be open about them and invite the congregation into our preference but never twist scripture.  I don’t think it hurts to say, “I like noise and I like a lot of jumping, it stirs up my spirit. This is the only way I know how to enter into worship so tonight, we may be a bit radical than usual.”
  3. “When We Worship God, His Presence Comes Down”

    God does not come down, He is unveiled.

    “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit has His permanent dwelling in you?” – 1 Corinthians 3:16. Have you ever heard of stories of husbands who say things like “one day I woke up, looked at my wife and remembered or realized how beautiful she was”? And you think to yourself, how weird is that? You live in the house with this woman and see her every single day, how do you not know how beautiful she is? Well, it’s pretty much the same concept when it comes to worship or leading worship or singing worship songs. The presence of God (Holy Spirit) abides with us all every passing minute of the day but without intentional devotion to Him, we won’t really notice Him around. We become like that husband who stopped noticing the beauty of his wife because at some point in the marriage, we stopped caring. We put a proverbial veil over God and only peek through when we get the sense of hunger for Him.  So, if God dwells in every single person that walks into every service and His presence covers a room filled with even 2 or 3 people gathered for him, at which point are worship leaders commanding this presence to come down? No one has that power to hold God’s presence and command it to come down. Imagine us “reaching” to the sky, “grabbing His presence” and saying “oh look, I brought it down”. What we can do though, is come before Him with a broken and contrite heart. That, He said, He will never despise. A heart that constantly lives in devotion to God sees God everywhere and when you see God, you respond easier to Him.

    Your easy response to God lets everyone else know that it’s okay to take the veil that they put on Jesus off and by that, we call everyone in to the joy of His presence that’s already with us.

    David danced when the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem (1 chronicles 15:29) because he knew the importance of having the presence of God near, and what that meant for Israel. The Ark of the Covenant now dwells in our hearts. It’s there when we wake up, when we sleep, when we eat, when we watch television but I don’t think we burst into moments of dancing every minute even though the ark is now in our hearts. And that’s usually the case when we all have great things readily available to us.

God’s presence is in you. Recognize it. Believe it. Walk it.

Everything with God starts with your heart and ends with faith. Many will try to teach you something that is contrary to what the word teaches, but keep it Jesus Centered and you will be just great! Worship is and will always be about Jesus, so let’s endeavor to keep the antics outside of the church.

 

God bless you all 🙂
I love you!

-Ruth