Recently, I was reading a book about worship and the author wrote something that really caught my attention. He wrote that "a lot people know God, but not everyone enjoys Him". Now, I believe that statement can correspond to many different aspects of the Christian life, but I would like to focus on how I see that affecting worship.
As a worship leader, I see people each and every week given the opportunity to participate in worship and experience the presence of God. Some choose to participate and others don't. Over the years I've learned that some people just won't sing or clap or even smile. And I guess I've learned to just accept it.
Now, these are good, Christian people. They enjoy God's promises, His protections, His provisions, and His precepts (and other words that start with a p), but for some reason, they don't enjoy His presence. It's really kind of sad. And it's not that I'm upset at them for not participating in our times of worship. I realized a long time ago that it's not my job to make people worship. It's that I want them to truly experience the life changing presence of God for themselves.
Because, ultimately, we want our times of worship to be the highlight of people's weeks. We want them to experience the power and awesomeness of God's presence in new and amazing ways each time we gather! We want people to do more than just know God. We want them to enjoy Him!
So, as worship leaders, what can we do to help them? I believe the biggest thing we can do is to set an example for them. The Bible says to sing (Psalm 95:1) and clap (Psalm 47:1) and lift up holy hands (Psalm 63:4). So, that's what we need to do. We need to remember that people are always watching us. We have to demonstrate for people what true Biblical worship looks like. And if we can do that, then maybe we can help people experience and enjoy the presence of God in ways that they never have before.