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worshipping "Worship" or worshipping "God"

Dear brothers and sisters,

In my earlier days of worship leading, I would get so high in the forms of worship, music styles, etc..,(thinking i am worshipping God in Spirit and in truth), that i would easily miss getting high in God himself.

Many times as worship leaders and worship teams, we can get so caught up in the music arrangements, the vocal ranges, lead riffs, equipments, brands, bands etc.., that we want to play like them, have what they have, behave like them and look like them... In this time consuming endeavour, we forget what we have come for and may even miss encountering with God.

Do not get me wrong I love music and all the worship songs that are rising up today. But, I had this vaccum, while listening to a CD, I would be so drawn into worship, that i would lift my hands on the streets, sing aloud :) but what, when the music was switched off?

What happens when the music fades, do we crack open the Word, get into prayer? or do we just continue our day as if we hadn’t even come close to touching the feet of God, 5 minutes before when the music was blasting into our ears.

First and foremost, worship is a lifestyle. We can fall in love with His creation, music and all our hopelessly inadequate attempts to come even a little bit close to describing how awesome He is, rather than getting to know 'HIM' the author of it all.

My dissatisfaction in music came down to a lack of a solid foundation in Christ. I knew God, but I did not really know who He was. Undoubtedly, I was a Christian in every sense of the word (saved, born again..,) but I wasn’t a God-follower. In my mind, I was still in my shallow days as a newbie, when I should realistically have been way deeper.

However, God didn’t look at it like that. To my shallow, finite mind, my lack of spiritual growth was a failure on my part, but in God’s perfect wisdom, He saw it as a catalyst to draw me deeper in my walk with Him, thus opening a new chapter in my life in Christ. I looked at it as a plateau that I needed to overcome, but God saw it as a stepping stone to greater things.

I would love to say, 'things are awesome, I'm on cloud nine',(spiritually i am). But, I still have my challenges as everyone else does. The difference is, I was open to an area in my life that God revealed. I still play and listen to worship music, but I also discipline to end my day praying, meditating on the Word, ("meditating on it day and night so I can carefully do everything written in it" Josh. 1:8) and ultimately live a lifestyle of worship.

I would urge each one of us, get high on your Creator, not on His creation, Get founded on the Word and prayer, not on music alone :) Because when the music fades the Word in your heart will never fade (Lk.21:33), it will stand the test of time. You are more than an overcomer...

Stay blessed,
Raju

SHE WAS BREATHLESS !!!!

Dear Friends,

2 Chr 9:4 ..." the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, and their clothing, his cupbearers, and their clothing, and the stairway by which he went to the house of the LORD, there was no more breath in her."

This fascinates me, that even though queen Sheeba being a ruler of a country herself. having been used to royal treatment, classy living, would feel like what she felt :)

We can ask ourselves: what is the stairway that we use, to go up to the house of the Lord? Simply put, in our days, what is our level of reverence to God?

Are we giving God the best or doing things in mediocrity? Like the old hindi saying "Chalthi ka naam Gaadi"... are we doing things for the sake of doing it? its happening this way for so many years, might as well join the band wagon brother!! is sunday worship a drag, has become more like an obligation? is our music and worship at the same level? have we grown in our reverence to God, our love for Him and others?

WORSHIP - SERVANT HOOD

Dear Worshipers,

There can be thousands of songs written, millions of poems penned , the most beautiful of melodies composed, the best music arranged... it just doesn't really matter in worship, if all we want to do is showcase our talent, show everyone the new licks and riffs, the vibrato in our voices and all that blow-up jazz.....

Worship is all about the heart, worship is all about serving, its a humble ministry..., As a worship leader i see myself at a banquet hosted by a Mighty King, holding a tray filled with the best foods and serving these tasty delicious meals to those who come in.

Everyone is eating and are happy... i hear or overhear the invitees talking, " the King is great, he is so awesome, so generous, loving, kind, etc..etc..,". I feel great and accomplished, hearing the admiration and praise everyone is bringing to the King.

As worship leaders, worship teams, musicians we must take this example. SERVE the best songs and music to the body of Christ, with a heart of humility, for the Glory of Jesus our Lord.

Remember, if we are not serving in humility as a worship team or as worship leaders, we are not serving at all, we are not worshiping at all.....

Stay Blessed !!!!!

Raju D'Silva

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