The worship leader succeeds when he or she facilitates an unencumbered encounter with the living God. Yet part of the responsibility for true biblical worship falls on the congregant as well. The worshiper must find his or herself willing to remember, submit, and ultimately center his or her life on God and the marvelous things He has done. Can proper remembrance, submission, and obedience stem from poor theological content? Should we orient our lives around biblical half-truths?
Songs, speech and prayer function as the worship leader’s tools that teach the church about God and our relationship to Him. When they use these elements effectively, our worship overflows as a response to God in Christ through the Holy Spirit. Biblical worship transcends genre, personal taste, and emotion. May it never transcend the truth.
I’ve spent the last little while trying to figure out what to say, what to write. I searched through the tumblr dashboard and looked up quotes about words, and yet I find myself still wanting, still searching.
I don’t know what I’m looking for really.
It’s funny, we spend so much time looking for whatever it is we think we’re looking for here on tumblr, there on Facebook, and everywhere else in between; sometimes for hours on end.
Still, I might go to bed, heavily under whelmed.
I know in my heart of hearts that God is truly satisfying, yet I search everywhere else to find him, getting lost in the layers of the digital world.
Every so often, on these journeys, I might find something that sparks my interests, an avenue that feeds my soul. Excitedly I reblog, share my new found inspiration, my reason for hope.
Yet deeper still, I know it speaks to my soul BECAUSE it speaks of truth or shows a picture of true life.
In this, God reminds me:
“I AM the creator.” “I AM the source of hope.” “I AM the giver of life.”
On these nights of remembrance and recognition, I go to sleep overwhelmed with love, inspired by hope, committed to love.
On other nights, I got to sleep under whelmed, empty, ever searching.
Oh that my soul would cause me to remember what I’m searching for. That even in the heaviest of nights I would command my soul to rejoice and find its comforter.
For YOU and only YOU, oh LORD, are my hope. You are my strength and shield, my ever present help in times of trouble. When I fall, you pick me up.
You are what I really hope to be reminded of, what I really want to find.
*Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”