Every Thursday morning for the past two months my wife, Christa, and I have gathered with a group of worship leaders in Buffalo, NY for a meeting I affectionately call ‘Worship Leader Breakfast’. We drink coffee, admire each other’s lattes and omelets, catch up on life and then we dig in to discuss what God’s doing in our hearts. There are no routine questions and no wrong answers. Even without a formal structure or prodding questions I’m grateful that God has been faithful to lead us into deep waters together. This past week we closed our time together with a prayer that Christa and I pray often over our music, over our lives and over our church:
Teach us to overflow.
It’s striking how much we call on the Lord to ‘pour out’, ‘flood our hearts’, ‘rain down’ or ‘saturate’ our worship with His presence, His love and His grace. If we’re not careful that cry can become all too familiar, mundane, or commonplace in our worship. The fact that God is so faithful to answer that prayer time and time again on our behalf exhibits to me that He inherently trusts us to turn around and do the same. So let me ask you the same question I often ask myself:
Are you pouring out?
A mentor and friend once taught me ‘a changed heart is an expressive heart’. We are all created differently and we all have a personal relationship with our Savior, our Creator, that draws from us an expression of worship that is uniquely our own and He trusts us to pour it out as He fills us with His Spirit.
I believe there are three things we can do to prepare ourselves as worship leaders that overflow with the fruit of God’s Spirit and His presence in our lives:
Be full of God’s Word
Colossians 3:16 exhorts us, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
Be full of His love
Psalm 90:14 “Satisfy us in the morning with Your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”
Be full of faith
Romans 1:17 “For in it [the Gospel] the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’”
When we arrive to lead worship full of His Word, full of His love, and full of faith we won’t be able to contain the blessings and joy he pours out when we ask Him to be present among us as we worship. Join us and commit yourself to leading with a full heart this Sunday and watch as God answers our prayer and teaches us to overflow.
Brian Yak and his wife, Christa, are worship leaders at The Chapel in Buffalo, NY. Together they comprise the duo For the Fatherless, a music ministry with a mission to reveal the depths of the Father’s unfailing love. Two of their songs, “Unfailing Father” and “My Anchor True,” are available at lifewayworship.com. To learn more about Brian and Christa and their ministry, click here.