Why do we lead worship? I mean what are you aiming at as you lead worship? I always joke with my wife that all I want to do is make someone cry during worship.
For so long I have believed that I should be aiming to put God in front of the people using songs, scripture and pray and that little magical thing called “The Anointing” (please excuse the sarcasm). Then if God’s presence “manifests” then you have really struck the jackpot but that hardly happens, or at least in the churches I’ve worshipped or lead worship in. (maybe there is something wrong with me, but that just makes me normal doesn’t it?)
However I am starting to believe that there is more. Sure we must put God in front of the people because He is the focus of our worship, can I get an AMEN! Yes we also should pursue His manifest Presence; I live for those times when you realize that nothing else really matters. But what happens if by our worship leading we can usher in not only God’s presence but His Kingdom so that it becomes “real”, touching people’s hearts for sure but also changing circumstances, lifestyles, lives, bodies, situations etc?
So what am I talking about, all this “Kingdom” stuff. Well you know how we pray “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done”. Well imagine if our worship leading made God’s Kingdom come, not only inside the 4 walls of the church building but out in the ‘Burbs where we live, inner city, business where we work or the hospital/clinic where all the sick people are. What would that look like? How would it happen?
One thing I know is that this forces me to take His Kingdom and worship outside the 4 walls and that’s exciting. It speaks of more than just a nice times of sitting and soaking, which I absolutely love, but it means that after we are drenched in His presence we are invited to go outside and get a few people wet. It speaks of action and obedience which is so much more than just a setlist of songs.
This for me is a pretty loaded concept and something I am wrestling with so I’m really just asking a question and hopefully putting this up there on our radar screens.