Those of us who are regular worship leaders know this feeling: it’s Sunday morning, it’s early and you don’t feel well, yet you have a responsibility to the Lord, the Pastor and the congregation to be leading worship, and doing it well. Even successful worship leaders face days like this, and, because I had one of these on Sunday last, I would like to encourage those of you who face the week in, week out worship leading that we desperately need to make sure does not become a grind!

There are many reasons why, when we face the prospect of worship leading, we can feel down. It can be as simple as coming off a late night, feeling tried or sick or just plain worn out, right through to having major events affecting our sense of joy, things like marital problems, the death of a close friend or a fight with someone in your band just before you go on.

In my case it was definitely a late night, a trip to a nearby city which left me feeling tired, lethargic and a bit down or depressed when it come to worship leading.

Uninspired was probably a good word, and I looked around at the others in my worship team, realized I was going to have to carry several of these guys because their ability was not great, but then I saw something else. They too were tired and lethargic. Maybe it was catching!

I prayed and asked the Lord to help, and I realized that, when we are weak, He is strong (2 Cor 12:10). I recognized again that this whole profession of worship leading is not about me, and how I feel, it’s about Him! I took a good, long look at myself, and realized that in reality I am only a servant, not a singer, not a guitarist and definitely not a star! I recognized that, despite how I felt internally, that I needed to change my attitude and continue to serve, no matter what the cost.

And then the Lord began to move with great power, firstly in my own heart, and then in the hearts of the singers and musicians. I shared my struggle with them briefly, and we paused to pray together and give the morning to the Lord. Whether we use our hands, feet or voices, all of us primarily use out hearts, and this is the correct attitude to worship leading as a servant.

And so the worship leading began, and almost from the very first note you could sense the presence of the Lord, and His delight at our change of heart, and at our decision to do our best no matter what we felt at the time. In our weakness, He proved Himself strong, and we were rewarded with a wonderful and very intimate time of worship leading.

So, fellow worship leaders, I write this very frank, open and graphic article to inspire you, and to tell you that, when you are feeling down, tired and uninspired, you are not alone. All worship leaders feel this at some point, all worship leaders struggle to keep the flame of inspiration alive, and all worship leaders need reminding that worship leading is not about us, and our abilities and our enthusias

By yanam49

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