Being a Lead Worshiper

Preparing for leading worship at a church, a small group Bible study, around
a camp fire or at a gathering like WorshipCityPraise is VERY important!!!
Here are a few things that have helped my band and me strive to serve the
Lord in this way.
As worship leaders (each member is a worship leader, not just the lead
singer), you need to remember that leading worship is NOT trying to get
people to sing. It is WORSHIPING GOD yourselves, SO THAT others will FOLLOW
your LEAD!!!! Instead of concentrating on worship leading, focus on being a
lead worshiper. Instead of concentrating on keeping your eyebrows up
(hoping everyone will think you are happy and in love with Jesus), focus
your thoughts and heart on Christ.
For starters, you and your band or worship team MUST worship the Lord
together as a small group, alone, away from people and the stage in order to
be able to lead worship properly and in front of others. This is not easy.
Put in a Delirious CD (and play it loud) or have someone lead on guitar or
piano and then have everyone in the band sing along TO GOD!! Force
yourselves to spend this time – it is as or more essential as the precious
rehearsal time!!! In fact, I would recommend cutting your current weekly
rehearsal time in half and spending one half in Bible study, singing, and
prayer and the other half rehearsing, in that order. This way you will get
the most out of your rehearsal. You might say there isn’t enough time for
this. But, trust me, you don’t have time to NOT do this! Once you’ve all
worshiped together, you will be amazed at how much quicker you learn songs
and how much better you all work together.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE – then when you get on stage, forget it all!
What I mean is, be very prepared, but be equally prepared to do anything God
would have you do once worship begins – you need to be in great unity
musically and spiritually so that you can go together where ever God leads
you. Maybe you’ll do a song you planned to do fast, much slower or the
opposite. Maybe you’ll do a song that was not even on the set list. Maybe
you’ll do one song several different ways for 20 minutes! You may even find
that you will write new songs while you are on the stage!!!! The best
worship comes out of the heart and is SPONTANEOUS, especially from the
leaders!!! Don’t be afraid of the unknown – just trust God, and sing and
play to Him from your heart!
Each member MUST worship God with his instrument AND his voice. One of the
keys to worshiping God is getting truth in your spirit. Music has a way of
doing that – singing especially. You need to emphasize the need for your
band to worship with their instruments – let God lead your fingers and hands
as to what to play. AND even if some guys don’t sing into microphones,
EVERYONE SHOULD be singing most of the time. This helps each of you
worship God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. It also helps you
to not focus too much on what you play so that God will be more capable of
playing through you!
You need to all study Psalms intensely! Get a feel for how David worshiped
the Lord. There are times when he was very intense and times when he was
still enough to know that God was God. You can read Amos 9:11-12 and Acts
15:16-17 which shows us that God is going to restore the Kingdom of David in
our day – and for HIS purpose – SO THAT all men might find the Lord!!! You
can also look at passages like 2 Chronicles 5-7 & 20, Psalm 40, Psalm 84,
Revelation 4-5. David and Solomon are some of the greatest lead worshipers
ever! The first book of Chronicles talks about David bring the ark (the
presence of God) to the people, dancing all the way – there is lots of
symbolism here. The second book of Chronicles talks about Solomon building
the temple to God. The dedication of the temple is especially AWESOME!!!
These and many other passages will help you see the importance and power of
worship music in the Bible.
You also need to start reading Song of Songs. I know this book is a little
strange, but it is actually God’s symbolic love letter to us. King Solomon
represents God, and we, God’s people, are represented as Solomon’s bride.
The first verse says this book is the song OF songs. That means it is the
most important one!! I’d say that means it must be significant for us!!!!
As you read it, you will start to develop a new vocabulary for praising God.
Verse 5:1 says we should drink deeply of God’s love – that is what worship
is!!!! When you begin to drink of His love on stage, you will find God
drawing people to Himself just like He says He will in John 12:32. That is
what it is ALL about!!
Other articles by Jeff Deyo:
A Life of
Being a Lead
How To Make It
BIG In Christian Music
Becoming Something
Great for God: Nothing
Jeff Deyo is the organizer and worship leader for WorshipCityPraise, a
monthly praise and worship gathering in Nashville, TN. His song, “These
Hands” appears on Max Lucado’s “He Chose the Nails.” For more information,
The Christian Activities Jeff Deyo Forum is at:Jeff Deyo Forum
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