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April 7, 2022

Singing for the Kingdom


"I love to sing, and I love to worship."

As I sit here listening to, “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship, I am just grateful to God for the talents and gifts He has given me, singing being one of them. I remember growing up, my parents would sing for the church as well. I would just watch them up there, but I never really thought I would do that someday. When I first started coming to My City church, back when we were at the Thompson Alumni Center at UNO, I remember falling in love with the worship. I remember seeing Austin Hall (with his long hair, btw) singing on stage and I remember telling myself, “I want to do that someday, I want to be like him.” Little did I know, fast forward almost a year, that God would be using me to be doing what I had prayed for. It’s definitely nerve-racking, but I am doing what I love for the kingdom of God. I would rather be nervous every Sunday I sing than not being nervous at all and treating it as a task.

"It’s an inexplainable feeling being up there to help bring heaven down to earth."

"Because your love is better than life, my lips with glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands." Psalm 63:3-4 (NIV)

Prepping from a practical side is easy for me, prepping spiritually is where I feel I need to be 100 times more intentional. When I see on PCO that I am requested to serve on frontline, first I thank God for another opportunity to, like I said, bring heaven down to earth. Next, I look at the set list that the worship leader chose for that Sunday. I ask myself, “What does God want to speak to me through these songs?” and “How can I fully and intentionally worship Him on that stage?” I want to give Him my all.

Being on stage isn’t a chance to become the celebrity at church. It isn’t to be more liked by people, and it isn’t for self glorification. It's to please, serve, and glorify the Father and pour out our worship to Him. I ask myself, “Am I being intentional on that stage, or am I just up there because they needed me? Am I giving it my all or am I just waiting for the songs to be over so I can go sit down?”

Worshipping our Father is one of the most beautiful things we could do.

We don’t have to speak - we can just let the lyrics speak for us. It’s the feeling of the songs and the lyrics as if we were speaking them to our Father. It’s a beautiful encounter that only those who intentionally want to have an encounter with God will feel, and it doesn’t even have to be in a church setting. This can be done at home, in your car, anywhere!

"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you reach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts." Colossians 3:16 (NIV)

After creating a playlist of the song for that week, I spend that whole week, using my lunch breaks even, to go over the set list once or twice. I move my coffee table and I just use my living room as my worship area. I do whatever I need to do to connect with the lyrics, but more importantly, with God. There will be times where the songs move me. I jump, I kneel down, I walk back and forth, I start praying and declaring truth over my life and for the service on Sunday. There will be times during “prayer moments” in the songs where I just kneel and cry to God.

God doesn’t care about the task you do, he cares about your HEART behind it.
"As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart." Proverbs 27:19 (NIV)

On top of all that, I make sure I still spend time with God. In this time, I just talk to Him. I talk to God all day, it’s obviously not like a whole conversation but it’s something like, “Lord, thank you for a beautiful day. Lord, thank you that I got to the store safely. God, how is your day going? God, please protect those people that just got into that car accident.” But intentional time with God, meaning, sitting down, cutting out all distractions, reading His word, listening, and singing some worship songs - those times are so important in our walks with God. He is my best friend, and I want to give Him my all. It’s not easy all the time, but I try my absolute best.

We can easily do a task and sometimes leave unsatisfied with what we just did. My question to you is, "Is it a task, or is it a moment that God wants to connect with you? A moment God can use you?" Once we change our mindsets and believe that there is a spiritual side to the things we do, we see what He wants us to see and feel during that “task." God wants us to see the purpose behind it.

I know we all have different talents, and maybe singing is one that many believe is the only way to connect with God spiritually, but everything we do for the kingdom of God has a spiritual side to it. Are we being intentional in connecting with that spiritual side, or do we treat it as just a task? Believe me friend, I always feel satisfied after I serve and prepare spiritually with God. I know God looks down on me and is proud. My prayer for you today is that you connect with God and know that everything you do for the kingdom of God matters to Him. Not just because of what you are doing, but because of your HEART behind it.

"The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b (NIV)
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