‘Too many people are singing songs they’ve learned instead of songs they’ve lived.’ – Henry Seeley
Your most effective leading of God’s people will never be the songs you lead on Sunday… but it is in the songs you live. Your most effective leading is offering not just your song, but your life in worship – which ultimately rises in a sacrifice of praise when we put on an instrument or stand behind a microphone (Rom 12, Heb 13:15).
Anyone can learn a song – melody, lyric, chords, parts and dynamics. But if your desire is to truly lead, your life will be marked by the scars of the secret place – because make no mistake if you lean into leading, God will use His Word, His Spirit and His people to allow you the gift of living the songs you sing… ‘Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling…’ ‘…turning tragedy to triumph, turning agony to praise, there is blessing in the battle…’ ‘…I will not fear the war, I will not fear the storm, my help is on the way…’ ‘…All I have needed Thy hand hath provided…’
And as we lose our lives on the altar of this worship – we find our lives and lead other people toward Life (Matt 16:25).