I can’t even begin to stress how important practicing is, not only to perfect and grow your worship team but to also perfect and grow yourself and your walk with God. Recently I have brought the importance of practicing up to my worship team. Even though there hasn’t been enough time to see if it really sunk into their hearts, I’m praying that everyone will receive it and begin to live it. And I’m sure they will. You see, everything you do in the ministry has very similar “requirements” if you will. Just like when you tithe, you should always give your first and your best. You see the reason why I say practice is important is because God deserves our best and our first.
So I’m going to give you 3 verses that will help you better understand what I’m trying to get across. These three verses I have quoted for you before. But like I said, “I can’t stress enough how important practice is.”
First I want to share Hebrews 13:15:
“Through Him (Him meaning Jesus) then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is the fruit of our lips that acknowledge His name.”
So right there in this verse you see that sacrifice is worship, worship is sacrifice. When anyone sacrificed anything in the bible it was a way to give God what was and is His. It was also a way to acknowledge Him for who He is. In that same way, that’s why we worship. It’s a way to acknowledge that God is God and to give Him the praise that is rightfully His.
Now lets look at 2 Samuel 24:24:
“The King (king being David) said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer a sacrifice to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.”
Just to give you a little background. There was a plague in the land of Israel and Gad (not God) Gad (Gad was a trusted prophet to King David) tells king David to go to Araunah and use his threshing floor to make a burnt offering to the Lord. So David went to Araunah’s farm and when Araunah heard David’s request he told David, here just take the threshing floor and an oxen and use them to please the Lord. And that’s when David says, “No, I will not offer a sacrifice to the Lord that costs me nothing.” So king David bought the threshing floor and oxen for a price.
And lastly, I want to take you to Colossians 3:23:
“Whatever you do, do your best, for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.”
This verse is pretty self-explanatory. You see we need to give God our best and if we don’t practice the songs before hand we are not giving God our best, are we? I will not go into it but I think that Cane and Abel’s story give this example the best.
I hope this encourages you to practice and to always ask yourself the question; In everything I do, am I using the best of my abilities to please the Lord.
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Great stuff, Shawn. Thanks for sharing.