I have often had young Praise and Worship Leaders ask me how to get started in leading worship corporately. Some are looking for insights of a spiritual nature while others are interested in platform techniques or tips. While there is definitely a need for new, young Worship Leaders to understand the practical aspects of their task and calling, the spiritual dimension is of primary importance.
So, in this one24worship.com Praise and Worship Leader Series, I would like to start off with tips of a spiritual nature before moving to the practical. My hope is that, whether you are a new, young Worship Leader or a seasoned Minister of Praise and Worship, you will find encouragement, insight and revelation as you read.
The first aspect for Praise and Worship Leaders to understand is the need for an unwavering devotion to and for the glory of God! Worship is, in essence, drinking deeply from the only fountain that can truly satisfy and experiencing that satisfaction for yourself. For any Worship Leader to be able to stand before people and encourage them to make much of God in praise and worship, they must first have tasted for themselves that the Lord is good and He alone satisfies.
You and I were made for more than this temporal, fallen existence. This existence is incapable of satisfying our souls. We were designed to satisfy ourselves on the eternal, exalted glory of God. When we do that, we magnify His worth to ourselves and to an on-looking world.
In his book, DESIRING GOD, John Piper says,"He created us 'in His image' so that we would image forth His glory in the world. We were made to be prisms refracting the light of God's glory into all of life. Why God should want to give us a share in shining with His glory is a great mystery. Call it grace or mercy or love - it is an unspeakable wonder. Once we were not. Then we existed - for the glory of God."
There is nothing greater nor anything higher to live for than the glory of God. Anyone serving in a position of worship leadership who does not desire to live for the glory of God first and foremost has settled for so much less than God intends.
Philippians 2:9-11 says, "Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Paul tells the Philippian church that there is just one primary reason for every knee bowing and every tongue confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord - the glory of God!
The first thing for anyone seeking to lead praise and worship corporately is having a passionate desire for the glory of God!
ps - Another great book for all Praise and Worship Leaders is Louie Giglio's, THE AIR I BREATHE
We are all worshipers...of something. But are we spending our lives and filling our days with what matters most? Newly revised, The Air I Breathe will awaken you to the reality that worship is more than a service on Sunday. It's every moment reflecting God's glory and grace.