Are You a Worship Leader?
Most people think the term
"worship leader" is a title for the guy up front who helps
us know what notes to sing and when to sing them. But you could be,
and maybe are, a worship leader! You don't even have to know music or
carry a tune.
How can you be a worship leader?
Be someone who stirs the hearts of others to worship God! Think of
what motivates you to worship and offer that to those around you. Be
aware of how your words and actions affect someone else's moment by
moment awareness of God.
Most anyone who exhorts
appreciates hearing, "Amen!" or "That's right!"
Those responses indicate their listeners are hearing and agreeing
with what they are proclaiming. But when they start hearing, "Yes
Lord!" and, "Thank You Jesus!", they know their words
are leading people into worship.
A musician with a heart for God
is one who would gladly trade a standing ovation for the sight of
worship taking placequietly or with jubilationwhile the
song is being delivered.
But we don't have to be "up
front" to lead worship. We can lead worship in any conversation,
any situation. How? By declaring God's praises in word and deed.
Maybe this simple definition of praise will help: Praise is
saying anything about God that is true. That's right,
anything! If it's true, it's praise. And apart from words, praise is
livinghandling every situation according to what we know
to be true of God.
Have you ever noticed how a
single acknowledgement of God's faithfulness can change the course of
a conversation, release direction or bring light to a dark situation?
What would a lifestyle of praise do? I think it would stir up worship
in not only others but in ourselves. We can lead ourselves
We are blessed with skilled
musicians who do an excellent job leading corporate praise, worship,
celebration and ministry. But we can all help stir these things in
one another wherever we are. Jesus said, "Let your light so
shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your
Father, who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
Are you a worship leader?