To All the Amazing Worship Leaders
2 Kings 3
I am not musical. I have absolutely zero talent in this area. I’ve always thought, if I could ask God for one talent for myself, it would be to make beautiful music with my voice and hands.
I sing with all my heart sweet melodies of worship. I’m grateful that God inhabits and enjoys the warped sounds of my limited vocals. I can’t say how it effects others and to be honest, I don’t really want to know.
I love worship. I love being led into the throne room by way of melodious song. And I am so grateful for the gift few have to lead the body of Believers to that intimate place with Jesus. It’s a holy place. It’s a sacred place. It’s a place where we come together and agree that He is our King and we will worship at His feet.
God will use any means to draw people to Him. There’s power in song and He uses music to calm the weary, anxious, confused soul. We see this play out time and time again in the Scriptures.
For years, Israel had been separated by civil war, but for a brief moment in their tumultuous history, they came together, along with the king of Edom to fight a common foe.
Then it happened. Three kings came to the prophet Elisha for advice and direction. They were entering into a war that had no guarantees. The outcome was ambiguous. There was no assuredness for triumph. They needed a word from God. They needed counsel, wisdom and guidance for strategy against the Moabites.
Elisha, had very differing opinions between the kings involved. But for the sake of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, he was willing to converse with all of them. Elisha wanted to help, but he knew he needed a sensitivity to the spirit’s leading that wasn’t there in that moment. The very sight of the king of Israel ignited a righteous anger that needed to be tamed before he could properly discern.
Understanding his own heart and mind, Scripture says he sent for a musician. I love this because it demonstrates the mighty spiritual power in music.
Our hearts and minds often become disillusioned by our scenery. We are easily thrown off kilter into a world wind of chaos. Going before the Lord in a combative or anxious posture limits our ability to hear. Elisha understood that and sent for a musician to aide in bringing him to a place where all cloudiness would be removed. Needless to say, that avenue of music and worship prepared his heart to bring the prophetical words of an impending victory in the war.
This nameless musician of the word used his talent for the good of others. Did he know that the sweet harmonies of that day would lead to a victory, and change the course of history? I doubt it.
Most worship leaders and musicians have no idea of the hearts that become softened enough to enter the throne room of life. They don’t understand the strongholds that are released as one is led to the throne. They don’t see the veil of hardness drop and a moldable heart emerge. They don’t see sin being dealt with and battles being fought. They don’t see the closeness that is returning after a season of absence. They often don’t see much at all as they lend their talent to us and offer it up to our Lord. But know, you are beings mightily.
Music. Musicians. Worship leaders. What a gift to the body of Christ. I’m grateful for the way they lead us away from the distractions and right to the throne of grace where the affairs of our lives and this world can be wrestled. My prayer is you never grow tired of using your blessed gift for spurring others on to the greatness of our God.
Thank you to all those in worship and leading worship. Your gifts transcend your understanding. . And for those with this gift that have been holding onto it, let the Lord blossom you to bring divine intervention among the flock.