An Audience of One
This week I want to touch on a topic that focuses on the heart of why we praise and worship. Why we do this “thing called worship”. We worship for an audience of one- the One. This may be familiar to some, but some may find this an altogether new concept. Note: Parts of this may only apply to those who serve in worship ministry to any capacity.
Last week I talked about intimacy. Intimacy, a close encounter with the glory and Presence of God where we get to know Him more is our goal in worship. In worship, we are focused on Him alone.
This brings us to look at our modern day “worship scene.” Now, please don’t get me wrong in anyway. I do not intend to be cynical, or naïve or labeled anything else than who I am as I state what I believe.
Let me go back to when I first started getting into worship. It was raw. Just me and the Lord. I remember time after time going back to that where I would grab my guitar and sit at His feet. My focus was on Him alone. I didn’t care who was around, I didn’t care how I was playing (though I wanted to play and sing well for Him). My heart to just encounter His presence and feel Him near to me as I sang love songs of adoration to one I loved.
Fast forward a few years and I’m seeing something that I’ve never seen before. Big mega churches that are leading worship for literally thousands. Lights are all over the stage. The sound is huge. The energy is explosive. It was definitely different that what I was used to. Corporate worship was something I didn’t quite understand yet.
Now, are all the lights, big sound, amazing guitar and other equipment wrong? Definitely not! To be honest though I have the sense at times that we can get our eyes off of the main focus- which is Jesus. It is important to have a drive for excellence. It is important to have a good appearance, sound good, sing good, to do the best that you can. But we must remember that it is for Him ultimately. We are worshipping together as one body and He’s the center of attention. Everything else should be an enhancing of that fact, not the focus itself.
When someone walks into a worship service, or out of a worship services, more than having them say “wow that was amazing! The lights looked awesome, the sound was perfect, and the songs were great!” I would rather hear them say, “ Wow that was amazing! I encountered God powerfully today in worship, I surrendered everything I had and gave Him my worship. And he met me right where I was at.” We don’t need a performance mentality; we need hearts that just want to encounter Him. That’s a beautiful thought- one that I believe should be in the church all over the world. We serve, we worship, we praise, we live for..an audience of One.