Thursday, March 22, 2007
Must express worship outside the realm of music.
How many times have you heard, or even said yourself, that worship is not about singing songs? I once heard a guy speak at a leaders conference about worship, going on and on about how it’s more than a song, more than a band, more than music. He spoke passionately to this group of young leaders about being aware that God wants more than just singing. He ended his time by saying we were going to worship together. I was intrigued by what we would do after such a talk. We sang. I was so disappointed. Here was a leader of leaders, expounding on the need to understand that worship is more than a song, and yet when it came time to “worship,” we did the same old thing. We sang songs. The Worship Leader of the Future will take seriously the need to lead people to express worship outside the realm of music. Worship Music has become a product, and a commodity and I believe there needs to be a shift away from that. I’m not saying that music is wrong or has no place in the expression of worship. It will always be a part of our devotion toward God. Music lets us say things that mere words alone would not. But if we are going to seriously proclaim that worship is more than a song, we’ve got to be willing and able to back that up through leadership. King David questioned his ability to offer praise from the grave. Only living beings respond. Dead ones don’t. No life. No Worship. If The Worship Leader of the Future will put his/her effort toward awakening hearts to fully and deeply experience Life to the Full, maybe then worship will be a more common, everyday occurrence, music or not.