- God’s expectation is that we use what we have to praise Him, to glorify Him alone. That is the expectation we should meet.
“Everything in heaven and earth is Yours Oh, Lord, and this is Your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything. Riches and honor come from You alone, and You are the ruler of all mankind. Your hand controls power and might and it’s at Your discretion men are made great and given strength.” – 1Chronicles 29:11-12
Being in front of people, leading others in worship of the maker of the universe, is daunting. There are always expectations; expectations of the pastor, of people in the crowd, of ourselves. Some are spoken, many are not, and some are contradictory. Many times we have expectations of ourselves we don’t even know we have. But what expectations should we meet?
Expectations of a Worship Leader
We might like to think we own this or that guitar, this or that keyboard, or drums. We might even think we own our skills and abilities. But everything in heaven and earth belongs to the Lord. Our instruments, our voices, our abilities, even lack of ability. God’s expectation is that we use what we have to praise Him, to glorify Him alone. That is the expectation we should meet.
In worship ministry, there are people with all levels of skill, leading in all sizes of churches filled with all kinds of people. Because everything belongs to Him, it does not matter how big or small the crowd is, how good or bad our gear is, or how “excellent” the performance is. What matters is we “… adore You [God] as being in control of everything.” Do that first.
Lord, help us keep our eyes on you, not us; our hearts humble, not proud; and our goal to please you first. Let those we lead in worship see more of You, and less of me!
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Christopher Watson is an author of six books, both fiction and non-fiction. He is also a musician and composer with a B.A. in Music from Azusa Pacific University. For several years Christopher led worship at The Springs Church while attending Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas Texas. He's been involved with worship in a number of churches in California and the Pacific Northwest both as a musician and in production and technology. Now he lives and writes in Washington State with his amazing wife, wonderful daughters, and highly intelligent dog, Ellie Mae.