Worship Notes

"Psalm 33:3 - Part 1
Sing Unto the Lord"

The principle scripture upon which Heath Jarvis Ministries was founded is Psalm 33:3 which says, "Sing unto the Lord a new song.  Play skillfully with a loud noise."  Over the next four weeks I will be sharing some insight from that verse of Scripture that God has given me.

The first part of that verse says, "Sing unto the Lord".  It is so important for Music Ministers to realize that what we do as ministers is not only a ministry to the people in our congregations.  It is a ministry unto God.  I Corinthians 10:31 says that everything we do should be done to the glory of God.  That means that everything that we do in ministry should first be evaluated as to whether or not it will bring glory to God.

A well known worship leader said to me recently that God had told him, "You need to stop writing songs that appeal to an audience of thousands, and start writing songs that appeal to an audience of One."  How true!  Sometimes our churches get the impression that the congregations are the audience and the worship team is the entertainment.  But in reality we are just leading the congregation into worship so that they can be the performers and God Himself can be the audience.  He's the most important audience we could ever perform for anyway!

I have told my team that I am not "The" praise and worship leader.  Yes, I am in charge of that area of ministry, but we are all praise and worship leaders from the instrumentalists to the singers.  Our job is to lead our congregation into the presence of God through praise and worship.  But we can't lead anyone where we haven't been ourselves.

This week when you are leading worship, encourage your team that they are all worship leaders.  Let them know the awesome privilege and responsibility of leading God's people into His presence.  Share with them the importance of singing "unto the Lord", not unto men.  Let them know that they are performing not for an entire congregation of dozens, hundreds, or thousands, but for God...an audience of One.