Thursday, May 22, 2008

From the wisest man that ever lived.

Ecclesiastes Chapter 5 begins like this: "As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut! Don't be a fool who doesn't realize that mindless offerings to God are evil. And don't make rash promises to God, for he is in heaven, and you are only here on earth. So let your words be few." (vs. 1&2, NLT)
Wow! Not the worship advice I expected from the wisest man to ever live. Solomon didn't talk about bowing down, or singing, or raising your hands, or even confessing your sin. The wisest advice for worshipers is to listen more and talk less!
But, how does this apply to the worship team and/or leaders? Well, BE IN THE MOMENT. Don't just execute your program, but listen. Listen to Holy Spirit. Listen to the people. Watch how God is moving. Say as little as possible - meaning, don't just talk because you have the mic or because you have to make a smooth transition from one song to the next. Verse 1 says that "mindless offerings to God are evil." Heart check: how many times have I just blurted out "worship jargon" mindlessly during a gathering. Don't let phrases like "bless the Lord" or "praise God" become empty time fillers. Lead the worship that is happening right then - in the moment.
I encouraged our team this last weekend to this very challenge. We do three identical services every weekend, and by the last one, it can feel very safe and predictable on stage. But, Solomon has given us wise counsel to always, always listen and engage our minds in how we are leading the people.

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