Two members of the worship team and I traveled to Virginia Beach to lead worship at the Virginia Pre-Teen Convention two weeks ago. As I prepared for that opportunity, I prayed and meditated on Psalm 100.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into His presence with singing! (Psalm 100:1-2)
Often times as a worship leader, I find myself focusing a lot on making worship music sound good. Doing this is necessary as a worship leader is a good thing. However, when we begin to put more emphasis on the sound we run the risk of losing the joy and gladness behind the words that we sing and the worshipful music that we make. It then shifts from being worship music to just being music.
Many people do not feel comfortable singing while in the congregation due to fear of sounding bad. The scripture says “make a joyful noise,” not “make a good sounding noise.” The Lord desires our worship to be a reflection of our heart. A great way that we can create Jesus-centered worship is through the use of our voices with singing.
As we head into another week of our worship services, when we sing worship songs during the service I encourage everyone that attends (whether first time attendee, regular attendee, or member) to lift your voices to Lord and “make a joyful noise.” The Lord blesses those who unashamedly proclaim his name. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to sing to Jesus for all that He has done and continues to do for us.
For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:5)