- When asked how he defines worship, Justin says, “I think one of my favorite definitions has been worship is our response to God’s revelation.”
Justin Warren, the singer-songwriter from Raleigh, NC, hopes to share the hope we have in Jesus through the music he writes. In this Worship Sound Bites excerpt, Justin shares a moment of great inspiration for him. As a senior in high school, Justin saw Chris Tomlin at a concert. As Justin watched and worshiped, the lord grabbed his heart and impressed on him the unshakable desire to lead others in worship in the way he was experiencing. He walked out of that venue praying to be used by the lord to lead others in the worship of God.
In the end, our hope is in the one that holds this all together.
When asked how he defines worship, Justin says, “I think one of my favorite definitions has been worship is our response to God’s revelation.” He goes on to talk of how Isaiah, seeing the Lord, looked up and responded and how our response, acknowledging God’s revelation, leads beyond worship into action. Another example of this is the story of Paul and Silas worshiping in the Philippian jail, found in Acts 16:25-26, “25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.” Paul and Silas, singing praises to the Lord, led to the Jailer and his whole family’s salvation.
His ways are higher.
Justin tours and performs at churches, camps, and conferences across the country. When asked how he balances keeping worship sacred as opposed to it becoming a job, he said, “I have to check my heart and [ask] God, help my heart be right. This is a privilege to come before you and worship and lead your people.” In the end, our hope is in the one that holds this all together.
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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.