Does a Worship Leader Do? Part 3
Director of Worship Development, PDI
June 20, 2002
Matters- Apart from the activity of
the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to
Were in the midst of a series
on the responsibilities and goals of
a worship leader. Last time we looked
at what it means to lead effectively.
The second phrase in the definition
I proposed is this: an effective worship
leader is aided and led by the
from the activity of the Holy Spirit,
it is impossible to worship God. Paul
tells us in Philippians 3:3, For
we are the real circumcision, who worship
by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ
Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.
Gordon Fee writes, For Paul, the
gathered church was first of all a worshiping
community; and the key to their worship
was the presence of the Holy Spirit.
(Gordon Fee, Gods Empowering Presence,
pg. 884) But what does it mean to worship
by the Spirit of God?
his 1980 book, O Come Let Us Worship,
Professor Robert Rayburn sheds light
on the relationship between our worship
and the Spirit of God. The enabling
of the Holy Spirit, so essential to
true Christian worship, according to
the Scriptures, means that worship is
not just an act of man alone, but in
it man is moved and enabled by the Spirit
of God. If worshipers are not consciously
dependent upon the Holy Spirit, their
worship is not truly Christian"
(Robert Rayburn, O Come, Let Us Worship,
we dont recognize our need for
the Holy Spirits involvement as
we worship Him, what were doing
cant be defined as Christian worship.
Certainly if Christians in general need
the Holy Spirit to worship God, it must
be true of the one who is leading them
in public praise.
practice, this involves listening for
the direction of the Holy Spirit before,
during, and at the close of the meeting.
This is not about whether you consider
yourself charismatic, nor is it about
tossing scriptural principles to the
wind and trusting your spiritual
knower. Rather, this is what the
Bible clearly teaches. We MUST in some
way be aware of the Holy Spirits
presence and active involvement in what
we do as we gather to worship God.
worship leaders excel at having every
song, transition, arrangement, and word
planned out before the meeting begins.
Others thrive on the spontaneous aspects
of corporate worship, disdaining all
advance preparation and study. The truth
is, planning and spontaneity are both
important. We must be diligent to plan
without being ruled by our plan.
The Holy Spirit wants to be involved
in all aspects of our worship. This
marks the difference between simply
singing songs and expecting God to interact
be aided and led by the Holy Spirit
is also to resist the urge to become
familiar with what we do, as though
our actions were totally responsible
for what transpires during our time
together. We need a better reason to
do a song than it really got people
going last week. While songs,
format, settings, and sound are important,
none of them make the involvement of
Gods Holy Spirit any less crucial.
leading worship is more than uttering
all the right phrases. It involves responding
to Gods spontaneous initiatives
and promptings. A phrase that inspired
faith last week may sound flat and uninspired
this week. What part of His truth and
character does God want to bring to
the forefront of peoples minds
THIS week, and what is the best way
to do it? That is the question we seek
to answer as we are aided and led by
the Holy Spirit.
next time, may you be freshly aware
of Gods kindness in sending His
Holy Spirit to apply to our hearts all
that Jesus secured for us.