God is creative, and we were made in His image (Genesis 1:26-27), so we too are creative. Worship isn’t just about the songs we sing on Sunday, it is the response to the entirety of our relationship with God.
God is the ultimate creator. He created the whole universe with His spoken words. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Words kill, words give life; they are either poison or fruit—you choose,” (MSG). My firm belief is that because we are made in the image of God, the ultimate creator, and because we live in a world that was created by spoken words, we should assume that the songs we sing to worship Him are filled with tangible power and life.
As a worship leader, I have observed that on Sunday mornings, people enter with different atmospheres. We all carry them. And music has the power to affect our emotions and moods. It is the language of the soul. So for me, the goal as a worship leader, is to partner with the Holy Spirit so that as we move through the time of music (the language of the soul) and worship, everyone comes together under one atmosphere—the presence of God. To sing the words and truths of who He is and how He works and how He feels about us and how we feel about Him, changes our individual atmospheres and the atmosphere of the whole room. To be gifted and talented with musicality, instruments, voice, and creating songs, is an invitation to partner with God. It is to be a part of the ushering in of His presence and how we experience it.
The worship experience is only about one arrival point: being in His Presence. It is awesome to be on a big stage with a professional band, lights and cameras. It’s fun to record in studios and to travel. But it’s not the arrival point. If you have been given the opportunity to be a part of the worship experience and are in it for those things, you will be sorely disappointed. I have watched from the sidelines and briefly experienced the lights, the large stage, and the band. I have also experienced the country church with no lights, no stage, and no band; and I was profoundly affected by how God’s presence rested so heavy in the room. It brought me to tears. He desires to be in both places. He wants to be with His people.
Amy Wood- Worship Pastor