To worship means to give reverence and homage to something, usually a deity. Christian worship is all about revering and giving homage to God Almighty. When we worship, and also as we lead others into worship it’s good to be aware of the importance of the “heart posture.”
What is the “heart posture?” Simply put, it’s the way that we see, feel, and approach the act of worship. As we prepare to lead worship, this is a good checklist to regularly go through to check the posture of our hearts.
- Am I worried what people will think more than I am worried about thinking about people?
- Have I prayed on the days leading up to this gathering or have I just prayed the morning of? Specifically about the consecrated time of musical worship that I’m leading?
- Have I prepared my hands, feet and voice to be used as instruments of worship (by listening to, practicing, and learning the songs used)? Or am I just winging it from gathering to gathering? Yes, God can still use us in our unprepared state but skilled, prepared musicians tend to be a lot less distracting than those who don’t know what’s going on!
- Do I genuinely care about the people in the room, as God cares for them?
- Do I genuinely care about the people that are beside me, leading the time of music?
- Am I transparent before the Lord about my own brokenness and shortcomings?
- Have I walked in consistent discipline to keep my spirit, soul, and body healthy and useful for the Kingdom?
- Am I resting well? Am I “ministering” out of rest or am I working until I crash?
- Do I deflect compliments appropriately, but also take them as opportunities to get genuine feedback from the congregation?
- Do I lead well, or am I leaving everyone behind?
- Are my transitions between songs brief, concise, and helpful or are they longwinded, wordy, and unnecessary?
- Am I listening to the voice of the Spirit in my preparation times and through the words of others (leaders, team, etc) to prepare compelling and relevant set lists each week?
- Am I open to constructive criticism, or do I have an excuse for everything?
- Am I willing to work hard for the Kingdom?
- Am I willing to change plans or cut my favorite songs when the Spirit says to do so?
- Am I humble? Am I gracious? Am I genuine?
There are many more questions we could ask? But the common thread that weaves through all of these is this: Our heart postures should reflect us being in a place of understanding that our great privilege to lead worship is all about loving God and loving others.
Russ Hutto is the Associate Director of Worship & Media at St. Simons Community Church, where he mentors, oversees and helps lead Family and Student worship environments. He is also the content curator and editor here at The Worship Community and at HighestPraise.com.