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    Worship: More Than Music

    Posted on August 20, 2009 by Paul | 3 Comments | Jump to Comments Box Below

    Worship: More Than Music

    by Paul Baloche

    My role as a worship leader carries a tough responsibility, one that requires my heart to be in a place of worship before Sunday morning. Yet just like everyone else, I deal with allergies, taxes, bills, the emotional needs of my family.

    I have tried to cultivate worship in my family over the years by examining my own walk with God and asking myself if I am modeling authentic worship to my children. I am keenly aware that many times the next generation looks at the preceding one and points to the obvious spiritual contradictions.

    Day to day, I look for opportunities to point out the hand of God, either in a glorious sunset, a striking cloud formation or an animal in the backyard. I encourage my family to appreciate the beauty in the moment and connect that moment to the Creator behind it.

    At times we break out the guitar or sit around the piano and sing together. Sometimes we sing worship choruses and sometimes we sing songs from the radio. When we worship God with music, we are simply using a tool to help us connect to a living God. The Psalms provide all kinds of ways in which we can demonstrate or express our worship, such as singing, clapping, kneeling, dancing and playing musical instruments.

    Yet worship is much more than 20 minutes of singing at a church service. What I try to model for my family and my church is that worship has more to do with relationship than it does with music. It is impossible to worship a living God — sacrificing our bodies, emotions, minds and hearts — and not have it affect all our relationships.

    Of course, I go through seasons when life is hard and relationships are difficult. On occasional Sundays, I stand before my church and just go through the motions. But I can’t do that for long.

    We can’t separate worship from relationship any more than we can separate intimacy from a healthy marriage. Just as intimacy wells up from the mutual respect and love within a marriage, worship springs from a surrendered and grateful heart.

    I have little patience for ungratefulness. I remind my family daily how blessed and fortunate we are. Psalm 103:2 says it best: “Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” Remembering God’s blessings is the key to a worshiping heart — a heart that desires to live a life of worship through singing, serving, loving and obeying.

    We can decide to do these things and let the overflow affect others. Our example will remind those around us that there is a God worth knowing and that we were created for His pleasure and purposes. In that sense, we can all be worship leaders by practicing gratitude and walking in fellowship with God.

    This article first appeared in the May, 2008 issue of Focus on the Family magazine. Copyright © 2008
    Paul Baloche. All rights reserved.

    3 Comments
    ivan michael ssina 23/10/09

    Hi Paul,

    Your life blesses me. I read at least 1 article every day just to pick a thing about worship leading. I believe I am annointed in this area, mostly leading worship in/with the word of God.

    We will share more.

    Nicky Watson 11/06/12

    I once had a revelation during worship and sung a prophetic song about a picture – that “for everyday there has ever been, there has been a sunset, not one the same.”

    The thought was, can you imagine God’s sunset photo album, every day different, glorious, cloud formations, sprinklings of sun …what an amazing room it would be! And we say or hear it said “My problem is too big for God”. No, we are too small and not thinking big enough! So I went about taking photo’s of the sunsets, we lived then by the sea and the sun would set into the sea every night, and I began seeing the most amazing visions I had never seen before. Huge suns, golden and sinking in the sea – (it takes only five minutes for the sun to disappear once on the horizon), brilliant gold, pinks, amazing rays of sun peaking out from behind the clouds, from behind mist, from behind rain clouds, and I had lived here for over 20 years, and not really noticed! the sun always sets when you are busy putting children to bed, when you are getting tea on, when you are so tired you are blobbed out in front of the T.V. I was amazed I had missed this amazing beauty for so long. We can be the same with God, too busy to notice, to see His glory in our circumstances, to notice that even though its raining inn our lives, He is there still, shining in behind the mist, the rays peaking through our problems.

    It’s not that our problems are too big for God, but sometimes our problems blot out God, and we forget to look.

    He is amazing, and I love Him so much for showing me all of that. He is always present, always shining, we just have to look up and notice Him.

    Blessings

    Aaron Warner 14/03/13

    Hey Paul! I am always so blessed by your heart, and your videos and such have greatly shaped how I operate as a worship leader. I am teaching at a christian school now, and I teach high school and middle school worship arts. Just wondering if you had any textbooks or books that could work as a text book that you would recommend. Thanks you so much for being the leader you are Paul!

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