I’ve been leading worship since I was 14 years old. That’s almost 25 years. I love worship. I love music in general. I can’t sit still if there’s a beat. Over the years, I’ve developed my style, my preference when it comes to worship music. Or more accurately, what I enjoy for my worship experience.
I like a full band. I like momentum through the set. I like a good drummer (that’s a subtle Meghan Trainor reference…) – one who can feel the flow and, if I’m leading, almost read my mind to know where to take things next… build, slow down, etc. If I’m not leading, I want the worship leader and his team to find the flow and be able to do things the way I would. I’m not a fan of doing more than 1 song older than 6-ish years per set. Obviously this is all a very big deal to me. I’m passionate about my worship experience and I love when it goes unhindered because the team is on the same page.
For the 3 decades I’ve been following Jesus, I’ve been in all kinds of corporate worship settings. But never so many as when we started traveling full-time. We’ve been in all kinds of churches in several states and in churches in several different countries and cultures.
I’m aware the worship time within a service is not for me, but that doesn’t keep me from sometimes forgetting that my preferences aren’t necessarily the Lord’s. It’s easy to develop an attitude when the worship team choose songs that I wouldn’t, when they have a different style or method of leading than I prefer, or they go left when I would have gone right (metaphorically speaking). It’s during these times that I get to choose to offer up my preferences in worship and experience the Lord’s presence regardless or to keep my heart ugly and go without. The Lord is faithful to meet us when 2 or 3 are gathered. Will I offer up my preferences to experience HIM or harbor an attitude about a worship environment different than I desire. I’ve done both. I pray for the Lord to continue to melt away my grip on my preferences so that I can worship Him wholly in every church, country and culture.
***This is Day 17 of “31 Days of Offering Up” – part of the #write31days challenge. To read all the posts in order, please visit the overview page.***