The heart of a worship leader is: Psalm 90

So, as I mentioned in my previous post: Today is my day to be a Mary, and just sit at the feet of Jesus to learn and to meditate and pray. I am taking a large portion of my day today to listen to the main speakers from the National Worship Leader Conference. Just now I finished watching the speaker Scotty Smith. Prior to that I watched most of David Nasser’s talk except it got cut off somewhere near the end.

Anyhow, Scotty’s talk was for the heart of the worship leader. I know there is more than a few of you with broken hearts out there so I thought I’d blog about what I learned.

He begins by talking about Psalm 90. It is the heart of a worship leader. Not the typical worship leader we think of, however, because this psalm is written by Moses. He is not usually thought of as a worship leader, but he most certainly is.

The first thing about a worship leader is that they have a heart that is rooted in God’s Glory and Story. They know the God they represent. They have informed minds and inflamed hearts. It’s funny timing with this, because I am currently reading Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin. The very first thing he writes about in his book tells us that we need to lose our pride and know our theology. Scotty just drove that point home for me in his talk. We need to learn to love His word. We need to know the beginning, the end and everything in between.

Scotty then brought up part two, which relates to Psalm 90 verse 3. A worship leader has a heart that is humbled by sin and brokenness, both my and the worlds’ sin. God gives us permission to say “Lord, sometimes this is too much!” “I need to come apart before you God.”

Especially when it’s most hard, God will connect with us most deeply. It’s worth it to stay present in the hard providences of God.

The great thing is, though, that when we fall apart before our God, there is hope! The third thing about the heart of a worship leader is that it is gladdened by the mercy and grace of Jesus. The gospel is true and it is for you and me! You can admit how much it hurts! It’s okay!

Moses lived in an incredibly hard place. He was not able to enter the Promised Land; he had to deal with a whining people constantly. But his cry for kindness and love is answered. The next time we see Moses in scripture was in Luke 9:28 when he appeared on a mountain top with Elijah proclaiming the truth of Jesus.

God is here and now! Sometimes we feel used; and not in the godly way.Sometimes we feel like we feel that it’s all trouble and sorrow. No matter what you are going through and how much you are being used or taken advantage of. God loves us so much that He sent His Son to die so He could be united with us. This is hope! And this is what matters!

Grace and peace be to you all.

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Comment by Kellyann on February 27, 2011 at 8:09pm

Hi Rebecca,

Was just re-reading a post you'd put on my wall a few months back, so I thought I'd look you up to reply when I stumbled across this blog. Great stuff! I am not a worship leader, I'm a singer, but I live to worship. I feel so privileged to be able to stand at the front and lead people into His presence.

I really understood what you wrote about coming apart before God ~ He is fetching me through the very worst time of my life at the moment and I cannot begin to comprehend how hopeless I would feel without His grace and His mercy.

Hope all is well with you and yours,

God bless,

Kellyann xx


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