Former Worship Leader and now church planter, Dustin Smith helps us understand how worship can take on a whole new context when we’re “revealing the worth of God.” It becomes a part of all aspects of our life. Music is powerful in this context, but it isn’t the only aspect of our lifestyle of worship.
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I probably would say, I mean, for me, worship, the very base core of worship is worth. The word means worth-ship. So it’s the revealing of worth. I mean, I think that’s kind of the the struggle for us a little bit is we’ve… we’ve done, we’ve learned how to do music really well at revealing worth through music. But the revealing of worth goes through every aspect of life.
So, you know, when I’m talking about worship, it’s a little bit different sometimes because I don’t lock myself into, “music equals worship.” My whole heart is like, “I want to reveal his worth, if I want to reveal his worth singing, that’s great, but I want to reveal his worth with my family, how I treat my kids, how I treat my neighbor.”
So I believe, like, worship takes on a whole different kind of context. When I’m revealing the worth of God through the outward activity of my life. And it has been confined to music especially, I think, at times over the last thirty years. It becomes such a focus. But I think music is powerful in that context. But I don’t think it’s the only context.
I think it’s I treat it like a vehicle, you know, it’s like a car. And you can have different vehicles which are powerful, but it’s just a vehicle. I’m not in love with my vehicle. It’s just the tool. You know, the music is a tool. I always tell people, you know, even master, you know, builders don’t sleep with their tools.
You know, if you sleep with a tool, you’re a weirdo. So, you know, you don’t you don’t sleep with tools. You’re not in love with tools. I’m not in love with, you know, dude’s in love with a hammer, that’s an issue. That’s a real problem, you know? But so I’m not in love with music. I realize music is a tool and so for me in worship, I think the powerful thing is worship for me is the revealing of the worth of God.
And if I can get that into people, then we can have powerful services. And in music, you can take the best and say, we want to reveal your worth through this. But I think it’s going to go much further than that.
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Dustin Smith is a teacher, song writer and worship leader, who has a desire to see the nations ignited with a passion for worship. He has an attitude that gives God all the glory, and that attitude transcends age, race, color and nationality. He and his wife Jeanna have been happily married for over 20 years. They have three children: Jordan, Drew and Asher. Dustin and his family have dedicated to seek the face of God, and has caused them to rise as a voice to the nations that increases the value of God in other people’s eyes. Dustin & Jeanna have been, and continues to be, connected to a local church and are continually inspired by them, the team around them and their own personal journey with God.