Worship On The Mountaintop – Delighting In The Lord Is Our Job
Psalm 34 1-3 (NKJV)
1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
How beautiful are the words above to demonstrate how important it is to praise the Lord in all circumstances. It seems to me that more energy is spent today talking about the worries of life and how to leave them at the cross than giving the Lord praise while things are going well. The Bible warns of our internal struggle to ask for help when desperately needing it, but acting as though we are the source of our own provision when things are going great. Making ourselves an idol. Maybe it’s time to spend more of our energy dancing for the Lord while on the mountaintop! Praise God!
We are blessed in America! While our struggles are real, our prosperity is also real. Lately I’ve noticed so many songs leading us onward during hard times. Reminding us that God never gives up so we shouldn’t either. Personally, I have been blessed to have had multiplied numbers of good days as compared to those of bad. I love singing and praising the Lord while things are going well. Reminding myself of His favor in my life. It takes as much determination to thank God as it does to lay down my sin. In both cases I remind myself where my help comes from.
Paul, in speaking about contentment, said: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:12). We often think about times of need and those who are hungry. Those in want. There are entire organizations set up to benefit each of these scenarios. How often are we careful to praise God when we have plenty (which is a state of being)? How often when well fed? It’s so easy to forget God’s handiwork, even though it’s in that handiwork that has put us in our fortunate position. This needs to go beyond just a minute prayer of thanksgiving before we eat a meal.
As a worship leader, I feel it is important to encourage songs of thankfulness. Songs that are positive. Songs about dancing or rejoicing. If we can be people of great thanksgiving we can more effectively counteract the attempts of evil to throw discouragement our way. I’ve never met someone who being joyous and thankful also seemed to be in despair. They are opposite emotions.
As leaders of any kind, we are positioned to encourage. When we are leading a big group we have to remember that not every person in attendance is facing life and death situations. Rather, as in my case of having more good days than bad, most people are experiencing the Lord’s blessing. It’s our job to find songs that help relay that spirit of gladness back to the Lord. It is not only something commanded by the Lord to do unto Him, but it clearly and most definitely benefits us directly. When we demonstrate our desire to say that God is our provider it leaves us to live impassioned lives for him because he is our source. How important is that?!
How often do you come to worship services where the leaders on-stage make their appearance somber and bitter, no matter what the song says. How can we sing “How marvelous, how wonderful is my Savior’s love for me?” but look like we are singing “…that saved a wretch like me”? Our dispositions lead as much (or more) as our words do. Smiling and the body language are important motivators for those who need refreshing. Yes, you may not always feel like looking delighted, but leading isn’t about you. Think about those in attendance.
There are times to be and look sincere. Those times are really apparent. It seems to me that we are more ready than ever to preach joyfulness and be empowered by God’s positive energy than to wallow in our despair. In order to be impressive Christians, we have to turn our darkness into light. I believe God wants us to live empowered lives. We’ve been redeemed of much and are on a new path. A pathway that is fixed on Jesus. He stands in the presence of Almighty God and intercedes for us. The old nature is gone, the new has come. Church needs to be alive with that energy. We need to move forward, not hold back!
How often are you encouraging joy from those whom you lead? Do you find yourself on the mountaintop praising? Are you one who longs for the long, slow, soaking songs and just cannot wait to get through the upbeat music? Shouldn’t we glory in the fact that we are full-of-life creatures bought by the blood of Jesus? How great! I would love to know how your church/team/business/family encourages joy from within and without. Comment below. We respond to every comment as part of our community.