Skill and Worship

As worshipers, we naturally desire to give God our best, both spiritually and skillfully. When we abandon ourselves and worship God with all of our being, it’s an unparalleled experience. God’s Spirit can accomplish more through something as small a line of a song than we could accomplish in our whole lives. We tell ourselves that we need to get in the “right frame of mind” so we can worship with all our heart. I believe that this is paramount. And while I believe that skill in worship plays second fiddle to spirituality in worship, skill cannot be overlooked. Remember the story of Cain and Abel? Both gave offerings to God. But only one gave the best he could give while one just gave some of what he had. Part of our offering to God is our skill. We play to Him, sing to Him, dance to Him and give our all to Him. We show up not only spiritually prepared to worship but skillfully prepared to worship Him as well. When I first began leading worship, I foolishly thought that if I rehearsed too much or thought too much about what I was going to say or play, I would leave no room for God’s Spirit to be in control. All it took was a few awkward moments in a couple of services to quickly oust that theory. Now I do my best to show up prepared, both spiritually and skillfully, and ready to yield to the Spirit’s prompting. Do I still make mistakes? Absolutely. More than I care to admit. But I know that I am doing all I can to give God my very best. While I will never impress God with my skill, I know that He is blessed when I present the best offering I have.

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