- How can you lead others to be open and vulnerable in their worship of the Father, if you cannot be open and vulnerable with God in your private walk? Cheri says, “If it’s not happening in your personal life, you can’t really expect for it to be stirred up in the congregation?”
Cheri Keaggy started her worship journey in a small church in Southern California. In 1994, she released her debut album, Child of the Father, and since then has released ten more albums and won countless awards. But her journey has also held great sorrow, and challenges as well.
In this Worship Sound Bite, Cheri talks of being challenged early on in her journey. As a worship leader, you can’t lead others where you yourself have not gone. This is specific to a worship leader’s personal relationship with Christ and the private practice of their faith. She says, “Giving the Lord access to your heart, then, that’s going to flow out in your promptings from the platform.”
In a world that hungers for authenticity, a leader must first be honest with themselves in the strengths and shortcomings of their own faith. How can you lead others to be open and vulnerable in their worship of the Father, if you cannot be open and vulnerable with God in your private walk? Cheri says, “If it’s not happening in your personal life, you can’t really expect for it to be stirred up in the congregation?”
God knows us completely (Psalm 139:1-6), and with that knowledge, he loves us beyond measure, so much that he sacrificed his son for us (1 John 4:9-10). The security of that love should foster great candor with ourselves and with the Father. That is where the divine relationship is nurtured, like rain to the lowly acorn on its journey to becoming a mighty oak.
Cheri Keaggy returns with What I Know to be True, her first studio album in seven years. She says about the project, “At times I didn’t know if this album would ever come to fruition, following my father’s unexpected home-going. I slowly waited through what seems like a bottomless sea of grief… until the lord parted the waters and finally brought it to pass.”