Today I thought I’d share a few verses that are touchpoints when I think about my motivation for leading worship, and for streaming UkuleleWorship. This is something I try to pay attention to, because in the world there is a real temptation, even an expectation, to see music performance as being about the performer. But these verses remind me that, as a worship leader, it is not about me. This is part 2 of 2, and these verses aren’t in any particular order.
Joshua 24:15 “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” We used to have a door knocker with that last part on it – but the whole verse is more powerful. This is actually a stark reminder that we choose each and every day, perhaps each and every moment, who our actions will serve. And if we’re not actively choosing God?
Psalm 84:10 “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.” No matter how small my role is, serving God is better than any alternative.
Galatians 6:4-5 “4 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load.” When I try to compare myself to someone else, or live up to some standard set by the world (not by God), I can feel the heavy weight of negative thoughts creep in. We each need to take stock of what God has given us, and what God has asked of us, and live up to that only. I shouldn’t try to live outside my genetics, my circumstances, or my values – that will leave me feeling like I never measure up. I shouldn’t try to do what other people think I ought to be doing, or even what other people say God wants me to do. You don’t get a good grade by doing someone else’s homework. I, personally, need to check in with God and find out what my current assignment is, and focus on that.