A couple of years ago I was home alone one afternoon preparing to lead worship for church for that evening and I began to pray for the night ahead. I remember feeling really strongly to pray for someone in my life who is not fully living their life surrendered to Jesus. In a moment, something in my vocabulary switched from praying that this person would know God and experience His blessing and provision and all the good things that come with knowing Jesus, to praying that there would be humility and an understanding that they are in need of a Saviour. I began to pray that they would have a revelation that Jesus gave up everything to die on the cross so that we could know Him, and out of this be compelled to serve Him and call Him Lord. As much as I dearly love my family and my friends something changed in me that day and I realised that my desire for people to know God and worship Him wasn’t for their own personal gain but because in the light of what He has done for us how can we not worship Him and give our lives to do His will.
This revelation has shaped who I am as a worshiper and a worship leader –I worship and sing out the goodness of God and praise His name with conviction because above everything else, He is worthy, He is Lord. I lead the congregation to worship Jesus based on the truth of who He is and what He has done for us and my only hope in that moment standing in front of hundreds and sometimes thousands or people is, as I confess Jesus is my Lord then the church will come in agreement with me and worship Him. This is my responsibility as a worship leader and more simply as a Christian – to speak out and sing out who Jesus is, declare truth, life and hope over people, confess my faith in Him and trust that God will reveal Himself to others as He has revealed Himself to me.
In Matthew 16 Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do you say I am” and Peter answers, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God”. I love Jesus’ response to Peter, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.” As we lead people towards Jesus in worship we do our best and we play the part we have been given, but ultimately it is God who reveals Himself. Without striving and without pressure I am completely dependent on God to reveal who He is, there is nothing I can do to make someone truly worship and surrender their life to God. My resolve in every service through all seasons of life is to lead with conviction, to sing from my heart and praise my Lord with a smile on my face telling people about the good news of Jesus Christ and all I can do is trust that God will fill the gap between my leading and the response of the congregation.