When I lived in the Philadelphia area, I became friends and occasionally guest ministered at the church of Pastor Philip Whiteside. Pastor Whiteside once said to his congregation, “God is the greatest Musician…He is a musical God.” I love that. He is not only God, the Creator, but He is also God the Creative One. God is musical in His very nature and essence. We were created in His image and that is why He has endued us with the power to create, make, and build things here in this life. However, He not only created us to create, but to be creative, artistic, musical, and beauty seeking. Almighty God is the Musician of musicians and the One who writes the Song of all songs. You and I were made in the image of our God, the Creative Creator. The Tree of Life Version of the Bible contains a translation of Zephaniah 3:17 that I really enjoy. It displays Almighty God as a Singer and Dancer all in one verse. It reads, “ADONAI your God is in your midst—a mighty Savior! He will delight over you with joy. He will quiet you with His love. He will dance for joy over you with singing.” This is God celebrating over His beloved people with dancing. God dances in this Scripture and is rejoicing over you with singing. God is an artistic, creative God, and you are made in His image.
An enormous part of worship leading is sharing God’s love, grace, and truth with others. I’ve heard it said that you can’t share what you don’t have, however you can share what you do have. The more we know God’s love for us, the more accurately we reflect His love to others both from the platform and in day-to-day life. Therefore, we need to understand who we are and what we have in Messiah.
Your Heavenly Father loves you. Romans 5:5 says, “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (ESV). There is nothing that can separate you from the love of God (Romans 8:37-39), and as the Father loves Jesus, so Jesus loves us and gave His life for us (John 15:9, 13). In 1 John 4:18 we see that perfect love, God’s perfect love toward us, casts out fear. Therefore, the bigger God’s love becomes in our hearts, the less fear and self-focus we suffer. As we worship Jesus, others will see that we know how much God loves us. If we want to grow as worshipers of Jesus, let us allow the truth of the magnitude of God’s love to increase in us.