I went to a conference about a year ago and heard the worship pastor say something that I had been waiting to hear for a long time. Even as worship band members, we are in the entertainment buisness. "Now, wait just a cotton pickin" minute!" some of you might be saying. Hold on, Give me a minute. Ask yourself. If we don't hold the congregation's attention, how soon are the hymnals going to come out? (You know, the ones that the pastor heaves at the "nodders" during his sermons. lol) Yes my friends, we do need to be aware of holding the attention of the congregation. Remember, in the old testement, who was it that went out in battle before the army? That's right, the musicians. What were they doing? Worshiping God. You had better believe that they had the attention of the army (Their "congregation"). Yes, we are in the entertainment buisness. Now for the "rest of the story."
The Word tells us that "God inhabits the praises of his people." We as leaders have a responcibility. That is to lead people into the holy of holies where the veil has been rent and ALL my now enter! So, friends,, ask yourself one thing.. Who is this really for anyhow? Is it not about the One we worship? Is He not our audience? We hold the congregation's attention and lead them into the inner sanctum and God's presence for what reason? To be with God. To worship and love on him. I submit that this is really about Him. He is why we meet He is why we live and He is why we as musicians play the music we do. Let's look at the real reason that we gather together (Be it on Sundays at a church building, midweek for bible study or our individual quiet times.). Is it not to be with Him? God does inhabit the praises of his people. He was with the musicians before the army in the old testement and he will be with us now. We need only remember that it is not about us. This is about pointing to him and lifting him up that ALL men will be drawn unto him