I received one of the greatest comliments this morning at church. A man came up to me and said he missed it when I was not playing piano (and here is the compliment) because “I can tell you can show worship to Jesus because it is obvious you feel it.” My heart for God melted. What an amazing thing when people notice how very much I love Jesus and love worshiping and leading worship to Him!! Oh how I am thankful for that encouragement. Praise Jesus, the lover of my soul!!! ❤❤❤
So, since we took a break from the worship band at church so others could play who felt called to, I got a month off and they have mysteriously needed me to fill in on piano or keyboard ever since. Hmmmm. Well, it is for me to obey and if God wants me to play, He will lead someone to ask me. I am for God, whatever He wants, all His. And as much as I dislike midweek practice, I that much more love leading worship with the talent He has given me. So if I play or don’t play, may God’s will be done and Him honored and worshiped! To God Be the glory! ❤❤❤
I was taught piano by my mom (music conservatory trained) from a young age, before preschool, to play the piano. I am classically trained but also trained to play for church/worship. These are two differing philosophies. While both are fun and rewarding, one, classical, is played to show off your skills and the composer’s skills and one, worship, is to show off God. The key to being successful in leading hearts into worship lies in whether or not you have adequately prepared, and I do not mean having the chord sheets or notes ready or memorizing the song, though that is a tiny part of it. “You cannot teach what you do not know.” You will never lead another to worship if you are unfamiliar with the concept. You must worship as a lifestyle. Loving God, studying the Bible, praying, serving Him and others, loving people are all forms and extensions of worship to God. When you live in that and keep humble, God will play through your fingers when the time comes to smooth out any imperfections or distractions during live worship after you have practiced ahead of time and lived in this state of worship. As you are diligent to God, He rewards with blessings of being able to share that and draw them in. And do not underestimate the power of a sustain pedal and inflection- building up a song vs. quiet moments of contemplations. Be ok with pauses. Be comfortable in your skin. You play for God and not people. That is a key ingredient. I always sing, out loud or in my mind, while I play. When you mean it, you play from the heart fearlessly and just play for Jesus, like it is you and He in the room. I do this whether I play for Jesus alone or play before thousands of people gathered to worship Jesus. Same thing. Numbers never matter, but your heart does. I detest emotionless playing for worship. God deserves our passion, our putting of ourselves and intention into what we play for Him. We represent His worthiness to be worshipped when we play so it must reflect that. It is an honor and a privilege to lead worship from the piano and He blesses those who do it well, meaning from a heart of constant worship and dedication to God. Nothing is better, so do it right, do it well. Go with God!! ❤
Our hope is Jesus Christ. Our example is Jesus Christ. Our peace and joy are in relationship with Jesus. Our reason for worship and purpose is Jesus Christ. He is our focus, our eternal future, our strength now, our everything. Jesus is most important of all in existence. Without Him, we perish and very soon for He is coming back for we who are faithful to Him soon. Jesus is our salvation, our life, our comfort, our light and truth. He is the way of love and worth celebrating all the time from now into eternity. Cling to Him. Praise Jesus Christ!!
I looked back today at how incredibly far I have grown/matured/learned in the last couple of years. And I was struck at how far God had to bring me and the extremes He had to use to get my attention. I honestly had not admitted or even believed I was so prideful and stubborn. I had taken care of myself (in my eyes) for so long that I did not see that God had taken care of me all along. I trusted myself and now trust God. I had taken pride in what my hands made and did and now take pride in what God allows me to do for His glory. I had been addicted to technology and wasted time on it for self-glorification and laziness and now I use my gifts to bring glory to God. This humbleness is God’s greatest and hardest won achievement in me. It took a journey of death and separation, of dread and loneliness, of depression and mourning, and now this glorious light of God pours out of me. I want to worship, love opening my Bible and reading it as truth in love, love meeting with a church family, there is nothing better than fostering this relationship with God on a deep, spiritual level. Everything else works itself out. It is passion, a fire relic by God and now used for Him. I am so thankful. Praise God Almighty who draws us to Himself in any way we let Him! Praise Him for His ceaseless, tireless love for us to continue pulling us to Himself and keep giving chances with such enormous grace! Praise God for never letting us forget His love and blessings on us! Praise God for truth and hope and being that!
How great is God’s love for us! It is so great that grace extends to us for salvation until the day we breathe our last breath. He gives us every moment possible to humbly pray for salvation and eternity with Him. He wants us saved. He longs for relationship with all of us He lovingly made on purpose. God loves us more than we can imagine, more than any person is capable, deeper than anything or anyone can go and satisfy permanently. And the gifts He give us when we finally humbly come to Him are beautiful and eternal, amazing things like love, joy, peace, patirnce, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control and HOPE. Drawing close to God is drinking deep eternal satisfaction and contentment and richness of appreciation, a life of worship comes naturally and easily. Oh how He loves us and oh how I love Him!!
I was praying and wanted to share this really cool, “Wow!” moment I just had. Lucky you I am an extrovert and just have to tell everybody good news. Lol Here is my thought. God made everyone. Yes, so far nothing new. And we are all very different with different personalities, life experiences, needs, gifts, goals, etc. A little better right? Here is the wow: God can hear and has already answered every prayer of every single diverse person in a way that is best for them now and in the future in their own language and understanding and wisdom and knowledge level at the same time as everyone else. And wants prayers even more often. And it hit me how immense that is and how amazing and big and fantastic and smart and loving that is!!!! Wow, right??!! ❤❤❤