I’ve been leading worship for a couple years – playing in a band for 13+. Leading worship can be hard. You feel the pressure to pick cool songs, to do those songs well, to manage your band well, to consider the church and what they like, oh and be enough at ease to listen and follow what the Holy Spirit wants to do.
Picking songs can be the most frustrating. It either takes 3 hours or it 10 minutes. Agonizing over what songs will flow, work in the singable keys, and if the words will connect.
It can feel pretty stressful. And I think it’s stressful because we’re making it about us.
I’ve been learning a lesson for myself.
People have a powerful worship experience when in worship, they encounter truth and it connects with their spirit.
The songs we write and sing are just words without Truth and without the Spirit.
I read John 4:24 and it reminded me “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
With the Spirit, these songs declare and remind us of the truth of who we are in Jesus and who God is. Our spirits are moved and we are changed as people.
We walk away feeling like the worship was awesome.
Yet, it wasn’t awesome because of the musical talent or the worship leader. Or because it was loud, fast, contemporary or full of hymns.
It was awesome because it was full of truth and the Holy Spirit was speaking to us.
I don’t think this is not found in a particular song, genre, sound, or leading style.
I personally like songs that are vertical (worshiping Jesus) and reflective, reminding of who Jesus is and who I am in Christ. I also think songs that are positional (like, here’s where I’m at, I need You God) are powerful and cause me to look and worship vertically.
What’s the bottom line: we need to focus on worshiping from the heart. Songs that are real and cause us to sing truth opens up the doors of our hearts for the Spirit to move.