God Sent A Musician

I face giants, and you face giants, every single day. And whether those giants are standing on a battle line within us, or on a battle line outside of us, we can learn from the Scriptures how to handle a foe. When a giant needed to be dealt with, God sent a musician.

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David said to the Philistine, “…All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s….”
1 Samuel 17:45a,47

When a giant needed to be dealt with, God sent a musician.

Lead From The Lightning

Worship is a storm front; lead from the lightning

Dark skies are the perfect canvas for one of the most powerful meteorological phenomena we know – lightning. And the majesty of lightning occurs when something unseen, but no less powerful, is at work behind the scenes. The same is true in worship.

Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side. His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles.
Psalm 97:2-4 (NIV)

We’ve all seen it in a dark, stormy sky, and no matter how many times it makes an appearance, every one of us is filled with some degree of amazement. It’s a creative flash never appearing the same way twice, a discharge of potent electrical force. And it can crack a tree, strike fire to a building, or simply appear like Grace, as a spectacle for the dazzled eye.

It is lightning, and lighting is the result of something unseen happening that leads to its appearance. A meteorological phenomena happens when two masses of air, of different densities and temperatures, come crashing into one another. The result is a sign, a wonder, a physical glimpse of what is going on in the atmosphere.

A Song Makes You Feel A Thought

Felt Thoughts Are Tripwires For Change

Have you ever found your mood altered after exuberantly singing a favorite song? In worship, it’s more than a feeling at work when we’re singing captivating melodies and breathing out words dense with truth. Songs are felt thoughts – and they can literally change us.

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God is my strength, God is my song, and, yes! God is my salvation. 
Exodus 15:2 (The Message)

Reflection

The great lyricist E.Y. Harburg once said, “Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a thought.

When it comes to the formative power of worship in the life of the Christian, no words ever rang more true.

The Music We Make Together

A Worship Team Devotional

A worship team’s capacity to make strong music together, and to lead strong worship together, mirrors their capacity to maintain strong relationships together.

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“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” Philippians 2:1-2

The music we make, and the worship we lead, compel us to care for the lives we live – together. These three components of effective worship leadership are inseparably bound.

Look What I Just Found!

A Page From The Good Christian Survival Guide

Last weekend a friend and I were visiting this old church garage sale way out in the country, and found this old page below in a warped box in a corner. It’s from a book called The Good Christian Survival Guide (GCSG). I made some notes on it, as I thought it was so relevant to today. This is out of a chapter called, “Wise Worship Wisdom.”

Crazy find, huh?

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