Song, as a form of worship has always been an encouraging part of our gatherings. As worship leaders and musicians, we need to examine our lives before taking a stage by asking these three questions? Are we taking the time to wait on God alone? Are we desiring to walk blamelessly before God? And are we remembering the poor?

[2] Our Character – Desiring Purity

If we as musicians want to see our praise penetrate the heavens, and speak of the things of God, we must learn to examine our lives, and come before Him with clean hands and a pure heart. Psalm 24:3 and 4 says, “Who may ascend the hill of the LORD ? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.” NIV version.

I do believe that we are all sinners, saved by grace and no one will or has lead a sinless life apart from Christ.   This is however no excuse to continue in sin. When we as Christians sin, it is like a dark cloud or mist that can get in our way from walking in tune with the spirit. We must keep accountable to one another, and we must keep short accounts of our sin. When you sin, deal with immediately, and pick up your journey where you left off. James, in chapter 5, verse 16 states, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” NIV version.

The enemy loves to remind us of our failures, past and present. We can put him under our feet anytime he tries to condemn us because of the blood of Jesus. In the book of Amos, chapter five, we learn that God does not desire worship that comes from someone who is not living a life of devotion. The Lord, through the prophet Amos in a call to repentance says, “This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: “Seek me and live; do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba. For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.” Amos 5:4-5 NIV version.

Gilgal and Bethel were places of worship and represent our churches of today. Later on in verses 23 and 24, the Lord says, “Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” NIV version

If we are seeking a place of worship rather than the one whom we are worshipping, we will walk a dangerous line of compromise. If we go to our places of worship, yet have no regard for the poor, we worship in vain.  Be unified with your friends as you lead worship. The following verse in Hebrews gives us a new spin on holiness, tying in unity with right living.

“Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14 NIV version

It can be a serious distraction to lead worship knowing there is disunity between you and your pastor or fellow musician. Learn to put others first in your life. It is vital that we put ourselves under the authority of our pastor or leader. I have seen too many people try to do it their own way without the guidance of a spiritual father. It does not work. This is when disunity creeps up, and the enemy will pounce on the opportunity to divide. When at all possible, agree with one another. It’s a beautiful thing!

This article is part two of a three part series by Michael Larson on the Call to Worship…part 3 coming soon!