Lead out of the overflow

When our ministry in the church is to lead worship, at times we may forget to worship at home for the pure joy of worshiping.

There are certain people that I really like to hang out with, but I don’t want to be with them all the time. That’s not the case with God. I want to stay connected to Him—talking to Him, listening for His prompting, and worshiping Him—every day all day. It may sound simplistic to say, but I like Him better than I like anyone else. The more time I spend getting to know Him and His character, the more I am inspired to worship Him. He really is worthy of worship.

Starting the day by telling God how amazing He is and thanking Him for His faithfulness puts our attention on Him, and it reminds us that we’re not alone. It’s a decision to go beyond how we feel or what we see and to pay attention to our relationship with Him—the relationship that sustains us.

When we choose to live life continually in God’s presence, we will experience joy that cannot be contained. Psalm 16:11 says, “You will make known to me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” NASB

To avoid making worship-leading a performance or just an obligation, we need to make worship an integral part of our day.

Great worship-leading is the overflow of a strong, personal worship life.

Paul the apostle wrote about his desire to have a deep relationship with God saying, “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord . . . . that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection.” Philippians 3:8,10 NASB

I recently wrote in my book, Do Not Attempt This At Home & Other Myths About Worship, that “Paul wasn’t writing about a simple acquaintance-type of relationship. He wanted to have a full, experience-based knowledge of God; the kind of relationship that is a result of walking through life together, experiencing everything together. When you know God at that level, you see Him for who He really is, and you can’t help but worship Him. Your worship will be of a depth that taps the core of who you are.”

So let’s remember to spend today praising and worshiping the One who never leaves us. And as we lead worship, let’s express the joy that results from being with God every day all day. Lead out of the overflow.