“Golden Nugget” of Worship Leading #1
There is so much that could be said about leading a congregation in worship. I have personally been to myriad seminars and read countless articles, blogs, and books about it. It seems there is no end to the amount of information that is available on the subject. So with the mountain of information available to you, how can you effectively dig through it all to find what is really important?
I think there are 5 truths that are by far the most important pieces of information to know on the subject. I call these 5 truths the “Golden Nuggets of Worship Leading”. You don’t have to know everything. If you can just discover and focus on these 5 Golden Nuggets, you’ll be fine!
The first Golden Nugget of Worship Leading is this: Worship is God’s Idea.
God is the one who thought up worship! It is worth pointing out that you do not have to use music to worship God, and that worship is much bigger than music, but for the purpose of this article I am referring to musical, congregational worship -which God invented.
Worship is not rocket science! We have an unhealthy tendency of over-thinking worship, or attempting to come up with fresh ways of worshiping the LORD, but we do not have to invent new ways of doing it. Worship is God’s idea, and He has already given us a fairly exhaustive list of ways that He would like for it to be done.
Again, worship is God’s idea. Since He created worship, it stands to reason that He would have a thing or two to say about how worship should be conducted. Here is a simple list for us to consider:
Clapping hands (see Psalm 47:1). While we tend to think of clapping hands as a beat-keeping percussion instrument, or as a way of applauding after a song (both of these are great, by the way), the Biblical understanding of clapping hands is actually more about agreeing with what is being presented. When we clap our hands, we are essentially saying, “Amen!” or “Let it be so!”
Raising hands (see Psalm 134:2). There are many reasons to raise our hands to the LORD in worship. I like to think of asking my Daddy to hold me, or of surrendering to the LORD, or of receiving His blessing, or of engaging in Spiritual warfare like Moses did while Joshua fought the Amalekites. Either way, God thought of worship and He has clearly instructed us to raise our holy hands in worship.
Dancing (Psalm 149:3). While dancing is often considered way too “worldly” for most modern congregations, it is actually an incredibly Biblical form of worship. In fact, King David danced so passionately in worship during the return of the Ark of the Covenant that he accidentally revealed his undergarments and embarrassed his wife.
Shouting (Psalm 47:1). God did not intend for worship to be boring or void of emotions. Perhaps the spectators’ response at a modern day professional football championship game looks more like Biblical worship than what we see during most church services. It is Biblical, right, and good to shout for joy to the LORD in the midst of the congregation.
This is just a small taste of what God has in mind for Biblical worship. The list could easily include singing (Psalm 96:1-2), declaring God’s works (Psalm 105:2), bowing down (Psalm 95:6), being Silent (Psalm 46:10), and more.
The point is simply that worship is God’s idea. We don’t have to invent new ways of doing it. He has already said much on the subject. We would do well to go straight to the source and give Him the praise that He is due in the ways that He has described.
* This #ThursdayWorshipThoughts article is part 1 (of 5) of a larger series, “Golden Nuggets of Worship Leading”. Be sure to check out the other articles in the series, as well! For a printable version of this article, click here.
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