The brother came to me to thank me for leading worship. I answered that I was glad that the people received it, because I did not know what to expect. The brother told me, “we are not supposed to know what to expect, the Holy Ghost should lead us.” I responded, “Thank you brother!”
We should prepare, as pastors and ministers, to preach God’s Word. We need to pray and study hard. Musicians and singers, we need to pray and rehearse the music God has given us to minister to others. However, as we gather together, we must not only submit to the guidance of the Holy Ghost, but we must be humble enough to know that if God is not in it, we are truly wasting our time. For the Bible tells us,
It shall come to pass in that day
That his burden will be taken away from your shoulder,
And his yoke from your neck,
And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing Isaiah 10:27 (NKJV)
Without the anointing, we are wasting our time as ministers because there is no life-changing power. Worship in your secret place, pray, ask the Lord, seek His face, press on, study and consume yourself with HIM. After this, learn how to get out of the way and let HIM do whatever HE wants. 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 gives us a powerful formula,
13 indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever,”[a]
that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. (NKJV)
These two verses give us a powerful formula indeed; a formula that is designed to bring the glory of God.
A united Worship Team that spoke through songs and instruments.
They sang songs that focused on communicating the following:
A. The great works of God (Praise)
C. The character of God as a good and merciful God
Ministers who recognize the service is no longer in their hands, but in the Lord’s. Verse 14 tells us, “so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.” (NKJV)
In our days, the house or the temple of the Holy Spirit is you and I. We have what these Old Testament folks wanted. Hebrews 11:39-40 tells us,
39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. (NKJV)
But today’s days there is too much focus on, “The Man of God.” The problem with focusing on men is that they can’t deliver; only God can change your life. Man can give you a nice building, professional musicians and a whole lot of hype, but he can’t save you or your family.
Our routine is sickening; the same man or woman preaches and teaches the Word Sunday after Sunday; the same Worship Leader “leads” the people into worship, the same people pray the same songs (New spontaneous songs are almost nonexistent) and the same order of service. It becomes a true tragedy when folks get used to this system. In the United States we basically have four kinds of churches: traditional white, Traditional black, charismatic black and charismatic white. Each group sounds the same within itself. This must change; this will change before the coming of the Lord!