THE PASTOR AS LEAD WORSHIPER
We have a great example of a lead worshiper in King David. Even
as the anointed King of Israel, he is remembered more today for
his worship than his political exploits.
David knew who the real King was. In Psalm 138, he said, "I will
give You (God) thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You
before the gods. I will bow down toward Your holy temple and give
thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and your truth;
For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.
On the day I called, you answered me; You made me bold with
strength in my soul. All the kings of the earth will give thanks to
You, O Lord." David not only knew who he was - a man - he
knew his God.
As Pastors, we do well to remember that we are men and women,
created, appointed, and anointed by God. "You shall worship the
Lord your God," were Jesus' words, who himself experienced the
temptation to divert worship away from the only One worthy of it.
In case I may be misunderstood, I am not talking strictly about
singing. As a lead worshiper, the Pastor should be focused on God
in all he says and does. His understanding of who God is should
impact him to the point that, like David, he bows before the Great
King, just as the congregation does.
I have seen instances of Pastors sitting reading notes while the
congregation is singing songs of worship. I have noticed some
Pastors slipping into the service after the worship time has started
and almost finished. Are these models of respect and worship to
Make no mistake: people watch the Pastor. Is he taking captive
every thought to the knowledge of Christ Jesus? Is he joyful
because his thoughts are continually toward his Master, who is in
control? Remember David, with all the pressures and
responsibilities of his position, worshiped with all his might. He
wrote and sang songs of worship. He danced with joy in the
knowledge of the presence of God, his King.
Not all Pastors will be songwriters or even song leaders, but all
Pastors can be worshipers. They can focus their attention on the
great God of creation. Even if they don't know the song or can't
carry a tune, they can raise their hands and eyes and speak out
praises to God. They can put aside the temporary things to join all
creation in eternal worship.
God has entrusted his flock to faithful men and women. Pastors
are people who are not perfect but are being perfected. They will
struggle like anyone else but they can be excellent arrows pointing
to God. Worship is man's response in light of who God is. A
Pastor will be an effective lead worshiper as he turns his attention
to God, and God alone.
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