Last night I got to lead worship with a band for the first time. It was sort of a weird feeling to be honest. I’ve had the chance to lead worship well over a hundred times with just me and my acoustic guitar over the years – midweek meetings, prayer meetings and small groups predominantly; but also at a few events and even as far afield as France, Poland and Albania. In that respect, leading worship is not new. Having said that, the support of a band was a totally new and altogether more intimidating prospect.
It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time but through various circumstances and for various reasons have never had the opportunity to. Getting to lead with Revolution, the youth worship team that I have had the privilege of being responsible for over the last (almost) five years made it all the more exciting. Many of the people that I got to lead with are young people that I’ve had the opportunity to work with for a number of years behind the scenes at rehearsals; three of which, from a musical point of view, have been from scratch. To lead worship for the first time with the support of the young people I am so proud of and passionate about made the occasion one that I will certainly never forget.
What I love more than anything else about last night was the fact that I got to worship Jesus with so many passionate people last night. I got to gather with people who share my love for God and give glory to Him. It’s the reason I’ve uploaded a blurry picture for this post. It was an amazing experience to have the opportunity to lead people – to guide people in a collective expression of adoration for the King of Kings…but that’s all it was. Whether from my usual position as electric guitarist or in the novel role of worship leader; whether a member of the congregation or on in solitude, my purpose is the same. My worship is the same. My Saviour is the same. The day that my personal worship of Jesus becomes more about me than Him will be a very sad day indeed.
Jesus, I pray that wherever I am and whatever I’m doing, my focus will be on You and You alone. There may be days where I get it wrong, but Lord, please always bring me back to You, no matter what. I pray that I would never give up on You because I know already that You will have never, and will never give up on me. Jesus, be at the centre of all I do.