This week in our discussion of Worship Matters the Design Team spent time talking about the subject of how a worship leader effectively leads people to worship God. Bob Kauflin starts this chapter going over several ways NOT to go about that goal. One of the how-not-to’s was through manipulations, the most poignant I found to be insincere emotion; going through the motions without feeling any of them.
“Some merely sing; some put on a great show of being involved; but others transparently worship God.” –D. A. Carson
This seems like a tragedy to me, though I admit I have been in the situation before. We serve such an awe-inspiring God of such great power and we get the opportunity to worship Him in many ways, not just singing. When I step back and think of all the reasons I have to sing praises to Him it’s a wonder I could ever not be in a place of transparent worship.
Psalm 34:5 Those who look to him are radiant
All this being said; worship is not just singing. It is anything you do to praise God and give Him glory and honor; writing, music, art, serving, fellowship with other people. Whatever your expression of worship may be, do so with radiant authenticity.
Let us worship this week, in all we do, in the glory and strength of the God who stands with us as we meditate on this verse.
More Than Conquerors
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?