It’s a familiar picture in scripture. God’s people are marching out into battle, and for strategic reasons, the musicians and singers are out front. The procession of God’s army is led by praise.
The Psalmist says it succinctly in Psalm 68:24-25a.
“People have seen Your procession, God, the procession of my God, my King, in the sanctuary. Singers lead the way, with musicians following;”
But here, the Psalmist is not talking about a procession onto a battlefield; he is talking about a procession into the sanctuary – the place of worship. Yet the more I think about what is happening when God’s people gather to worship, the more I realize we are on a battlefield, too. And this battle rages on week after week for the hearts and minds of people…every time we gather.
To be sure, the musicians and servants who lead this procession are on the front lines of this battle. The way we prepare, spiritually and artistically, matters more than we sometimes realize. The stakes are high and the souls of people are in the balance. This is serious stuff for which we have great responsibility.
What do you expect to happen when you lead your musicians onto the battlefield each week? And what are you doing in preparation so that God can work in the hearts of people through the procession of praise that you lead?
Know this – you are not engaged in a cultural experience with artistic implications. You are engaged in a spiritual battle with eternal consequences. Prepare for this battle as if it really matters – because it surely does. Prepare your mind, your heart, and your hands for the task. Put on God’s whole armor and walk confidently toward the conflict knowing He is walking with you.
Leave it all on the battlefield for Him – every time. And one day, we will gather with all of His warriors to celebrate His victory forever.
But until then, remember – we are on the front lines.
Director, LifeWay Worship