“Everything will change, things will never be the same, we will never be the same . . . ” If you’ve heard, or sung “The Glory of it All” by David Crowder*Band you’ll remember this line, it is repeated the most in the song. This line conveys a simple and profound truth about our relationship with God and Christ. That an encounter with Him will change us, and we will not be the same person we were before. I don’t think that we often believe or realize this. If we believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and Christ is the Word (Logos) then we should be changed every time we read the word. Even more so on a Sunday morning in our worship services and gatherings we should be changed even more powerfully. Why? Because Christ said that where 2 or more are gathered in His name He will be there. Every Sunday we have a profound opportunity to encounter Jesus Christ, as a believe we have the choice to encounter him profoundly, or ignore Him. It may be a little harsh to say that most of the time we go through the motions. As I have been working on my worship degree there have been many recurring themes and lessons about worship. One of them is this, the worship leader should strive for two things on a Sunday morning. The first, to glorify God through the music, scripture readings, spoken word, and times of silence. The second, and perhaps more importantly, to positively impact the congregation in the name of Christ. What that really means is to lead the congregation into the presence of a holy God who wants nothing more than to love them and mold them into the person that they can and should be. This means that it is, in my opinion, the responsibility of the worship leader to do everything they can, with the power of the Holy Spirit guiding and working in them, to ensure that the congregation has a life changing experience with God and Christ every single weekend. (If you read my last post you’ll notice that the Sr. Past is the ‘Chief Worship Leader’ so it’s a shared responsibility.)
I pray for every worship leader in the world that they would strive for this, knowing that God is on their side.
How has God changed you through worship?