This post is the sixth post in a series on the core values of worship ministry. These core values were selected by David Loftis, worship pastor at Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, NC. These posts are taken from a series of devotions he asked me to write to accompany a training series he did on these core values. Click here to read the entire series.
In II Chronicles 20, King Jehosaphat has a big problem – a multitude of Ammonites, Moabites and others are marching on Judah. Jehosaphat does exactly what he should do; he cries out to God for help. In the gathered assembly, God speaks through a man named Jahaziel and tells the people not to fear because God will deliver them. As the prayer meeting continues, suddenly a group of people stand up and start to sing and praise. It’s not just some random people – it’s the Kohathites and the Korahites of the tribe of Levi. It’s the choir of the Israelites, having been commissioned to that purpose way back in 1 Chronicles 6:31! With this choir leading the way (vv. 21-22), God gives an amazing victory to His people.
Worship leaders are on the front lines of spiritual warfare. While God tells us that the battle is his to fight, the best way to meet the enemy is with songs of praise and thanks. Paul and Silas singing in prison is another great example of this in Acts 16. Recognizing this is a spiritual war, we are the first to the battle, as we lead the church into conflict with praise and thanksgiving. Our position on the front lines of this conflict carries with it some important responsibilities.
Any soldier who has served on the front lines of a combat theater will attest to the importance of maintaining close lines with no gaps and being able to depend on the troops on either side of you. This is true of our worship ministry “soldiers” as well. We must strive to maintain a consistent life on and off the platform or the weapons of our warfare become rusty and dull. We cannot trust our fellow servicemen and women unless we get to know them in authentic relationships where a Spirit of confession and forgiveness is constant.
“We have two great weapons in worship: the Word of God and song. So let us give heed to the Word of God and let us sing with all our heart.” – John Piper