Ideas for
Worship Leaders
DISTRACTED WORSHIP

Some day all of creation will bow in worship without
being coaxed or coached. (Philippians 2:10,11).  How
will that possibly happen?  They will simply see the
Lord!  Can anything compare to Jesus Christ?  Isaiah
saw the Lord in all of his glory and he committed his
life to God's service.  (Isaiah 6)  
 John, the Revelator,
saw Jesus and recorded that he "fell down at his feet
like a dead man"! (Revelation 1:17).

One lesson that we learned from the children of Israel
is that God alone is to be worshiped.  They were
specifically instructed in this by Moses, Isaiah,
Hosea, Amos, and Malachi, to name a few.  Anything
else was considered idolatry.  But, are we at risk of
idolatry as well?  Do we ever focus on anything or
anyone else before God, even as worship leaders?

A clue that something is becoming an idol is that
nagging feeling we call "distraction".  We feel this
irritation in the midst of
rehearsal or a congregational
gathering that something is wrong.  Someone reading
this might even be saying, "I don't feel distracted",
but I want to challenge you about your focus.  
Hopefully, you are on the right track.

In the midst of expressing worship, ask yourself
"Where is Jesus right now?".  If you can honestly
say that you see him with the eyes of your heart as
you voice words of adoration and exaltation, a sense
of satisfaction and joy will build within you.  If you
find you have to draw your
attention away from an
individual in the room or the sound of the
instruments
or an emotional feeling, you have become distracted
from the meaningful worship the Lord is looking for
from you.

But, no worries!  Simply redirect your attention.  
Remember that
the Divine Person of God is present.  
You don't have to
drum up any atmosphere or feeling.
 Just look toward him with your mind and emotions.

Those of us who
pastor or lead in musical expressions
of worship have the important responsibility of
guarding ourselves from distractions.  Is there an
audio issue?  Are the musicians struggling with a
song?  Does it feel like you're just mindlessly "going
through the motions"?  At those points, it is not only
advisable but crucial to stop and re-connect with God.
 Speak out
scripture, pray, be silent and listen a
moment.  Do whatever it takes to focus on our
wonderful God.  His pleasure is of paramount
importance over the opinions of anyone else in the
room.

The brilliance of the sun can be easily blocked out
when the smallest of objects is placed immediately
before our eyes.  If we can't see Jesus, we know that
whatever is in the way is not worth our attention.  
Nothing compares to him!  This is what the entire
creation will realize one day when every knee will bow
before him.  Remember how Peter was so distracted
by the manifestations of glory on The Mount of
Transfiguration that he started a building program
right there on the spot?  The voice of the Father from
Heaven re-directed his attention in a hurry and said,
"This is my Son, whom I love.  Listen to him." Ouch!
(Mark 9)

Think of the depictions of heaven in Revelation 4.  An
unparalleled worship service was taking place.  But,
how ridiculous it would be to ooh and aah over the
flashes of lightning, the creatures, the 24 elders, or
the many angels, and miss the Lamb on the throne!  
So, the question remains in your image of the ultimate
worship event:  Where is Jesus?
                      
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