At several points in this blog, I have mentioned three ways to enhance your relationship with God. It’s always about worship, prayer, and the Word. Without spending time speaking with God, hearing from God, and worshiping God, our relationship with Him can’t flourish and be at its full capacity. Growing up, I knew that all of these things were important but I never fully gathered how much they meant to me and to God. For the next three weeks, I am going to be focusing on each aspect of our relationship with God and how we can grow stronger in faith together.
Worship is one of those tricky subjects within a church. When you are on a worship team, pride is usually prevalent. Egos and offense are often dealt with when you are the worship pastor/leader of a church and more often than not, you struggle with it yourself. The devil himself was the worship leader of Heaven before his fall. Perhaps the enemy wants to distract us with politics and talent so we forget how powerful it is to be on our knees in praise to God?
Being a part of various worship teams since I was 14 has helped me to see the good, the bad, and the ugly that comes with it. For so many years I wondered why this always plagued people who were deemed “worshipers.” It wasn’t until I heard a revelation during a sermon that I started to get it. What is the one thing God can’t do? Worship himself. That is our relationship with God. We worship Him. He doesn’t really need us for anything else but He loves us endlessly and cares for us dearly and wants us to show other people His light. But, in reality, He could come down to Earth and show everyone He existed. God just simply cannot show love, affection, and thankfulness to Himself. That’s our job.
The essence of humanity is worshipfulness. We worship everything. Pizza, the Kardashians, sports teams, etc. When we aren’t worshiping God, we are worshiping something else. Humans have a deep longing to worship something, to belong to something. The enemy wants to target exactly what makes us human and distort it. He wants to plague the people who step out on the platform each and every week and fight for the atmosphere to worship. Worship leaders should not be seen as people on a platform but people with swords, fighting for you to have a more intimate relationship with Jesus.
Worship is powerful because of how willing the enemy is to destroy it. He wants us to be afraid to sing loudly, afraid to jump, afraid to be totally vulnerable in front of God. Every part of our lives the enemy tries to destroy always directly relates to our ability to worship God. When we worship boldly in times of struggle, the enemy becomes frightened. The fact that we can completely set ourselves aside and give it all to God, shakes the enemy at his core.
You want to punch the devil in the face? Sing through the tears. Dance through the pain. Love Jesus and fight for others to have a better atmosphere to worship. Whether you are in your room alone, on stage, or in the crowd on a Sunday, you are a worship
leader warrior. Continue to understand the power of worship and fight for your joy, fight for your freedom, and thank God for all He has done and is yet to do.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe for ‘our God is a consuming fire.'” (Hebrews 12:28-29)
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:1-5)
“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the Earth.” (Psalm 96:1)