Are you as happy and content in being on the sidelines, in the shadows, as you are in being on the stage and in the spotlight? As worship leaders, we have got to always remember our first and greatest calling – to be a worshiper. Sounds so simple, but in our humanity, and in the busy-ness of life, we so often get this around the wrong way.
Worship has nothing to do with standing on a stage, it’s all about being on your knees before God. It’s less about singing a song and more to do with living a life devoted to Jesus. In fact, it’s got nothing to do with us, and everything to do with the magnificence of God.
David was incredibly gifted and talented, but it wasn’t his gifts and talents that got God’s attention. The bible says he had a heart after God. David had a soft, teachable, repentant heart. Psalm 51:16-17 (NLT) says:
See, God isn’t impressed by our worship, He is impressed by the place our worship comes from. It’s as if sometimes we think it’s our songs and our creativity that impresses God, but it’s the spirit behind those things that He looks at. True worship comes from the overflow of the heart, through trial and triumph, through the valley and on the mountain and through all that life brings.
Worship leaders aren’t made on stages, in front of crowds or under bright lights; they are made in the shadows, in the quiet, where no one is watching. It’s in this place that God turns the worshipper into a worship leader.