How Leaders Confuse Worship

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I read dozens of blog posts, articles and twitter accounts written by Worship Leaders on a weekly basis. There is a lot of great stuff being written out there. But one thing I am noticing is that even among the plethora of ideas, knowledge and experience that is readily available, there seems to be a growing confusion among those we are called to lead in worship. One might think that the opposite would be true. Why the confusion? I have been pondering that question for some time. You may not like this next statement, but I wonder if we as Worship Leaders are creating much of the confusion. Before you hit the delete button I invite you read on.

It all goes back to the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. Take a moment and read the first nine verses of that chapter. I believe that God placed in the heart of man an innate desire to reach up to Him. What better accomplishes that than worship? Isn't worship the act of man reaching up to God to connect with Him? To follow the analogy we can say worship is like a tower we are building that reaches to the heavens. There was nothing wrong with building a tower in itself as long as it was done with the right purpose and motivation. This is where worship comes in.

There are two things they did wrong in Genesis 11 that we must avoid at all costs as we build our tower of worship. First, they did it for themselves, not for God. Second, they did it to become famous. As a result of their foolishness God came down and confused their language and prevented them from succeeding. Their attempt to unify themselves actually drove them apart. As worship leaders it is critical that we continually strive to avoid this disastrous mistake. What are we building? What is our purpose and motivation for what we are trying to accomplish? First, we must strive to make sure that worship is always and forever about only one thing - God and Him alone! When it becomes about us it creates confusion. Second, worship must proclaim and exalt only one person - Jesus Christ! When people come to our worship services is Jesus name being lifted up or is it our own name, our church, our record label or our publishing company? Do they go away knowing more about God our us? When worship makes a name for us it creates confusion.

In today's culture, we as Worship Leaders can't afford to do anything that creates more confusion in the area of worship than already exists. I can think of no better way than to simply make it all about the Lord and not about us. Psalm 83:18 says, "Let them know that You, whose name is the Lord - that You alone are the Most High over all the earth." That's our mandate. Go ahead, build a high tower of worship that reaches to the heavens. Just make sure that tower is built upon the foundation of His name and is done for the sole purpose of making Him known. Instead of creating confusion it will bring all men together in unity of Identity, Language and Purpose.

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