As a believer, what is more important in life than being at peace and right fellowship with God? I just had a birthday and as I get older, I’m becoming more and more dependent on the Lord for literally everything. That sounds kind of crazy, but if we are all truthful, we haven’t been trusting Him for with and for everything in our lives. We have made some of our own very messy decisions by rushing into things and we’ve turned off the Holy Spirit…trusting only our finite understanding. Once again, one of my life-verses comes to mind (Proverbs 14:12) that says “There is a way that seems right…”
In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul gives the church the prescription for peace. He said “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
As we consider these two bible verses, how do they give us wisdom today and better equip our worship ministries in our local churches? As a worship leader, choir member, team singer or instrumentalist, there is a shared desire to really point the congregation to Christ in hopes that they will have an encounter with Him that is life-changing and yoke-destroying. When things feel a bit stale and the response to the worship music is not what it once was, its very easy to have an “anxiety attack” and go into a panic trying to recreate those awesome experiences.
Before we try to fix things on our own, God wants us to seek His peace. His peace keeps us from discouragement and being “weary in well-doing” (Galatians 6:9). It also continually affirms His calling on our lives to lead the congregation in worship with the gifts God has graced us with. Know that when you feel the “anxiety attack” the effectiveness of your worship ministry, you can always do these three things Paul explained to the church of Philippi:
- Stop to form your prayers requests
- Pray requests to God with thankful hearts
- Let God’s peace protect and guide