Tuning your heart instrument
When I was in Junior High, I was in a club called PRIDE. The group was about having confidence in yourself, being a leader, and saying no to drugs of course. As I grew older, I realized that pride can actually be the enemy. Proverbs 11:2 "When pride comes, then comes dishonor, but with the humble is wisdom." Proverbs 16:18 "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling." Isaiah 2:17 "The pride of man will be humbled."
Now I am teaching kids how to be a worship band and I am finding there is a delicate balance between teaching them how to hold their head up high and sing out with confidence, yet be humble in their worship leading. I want them to be proud of a job well done, but carry themselves with a gentleness that serves others. How do you teach kids to worship God and not their talents? Heck, how do you teach this concept to adults? How do I learn it?
Brian (my husband) is always telling the kid's band that their heart is their most important instrument. We have to practice our heart instrument. We need to worship God at home, work on obeying our leaders, spend time learning the Bible and pondering the goodness of God. This is worship. This is humility. This is how we tune our heart for worship leading. There are millions of musicians in the world, but not half as many worshippers. We ask our kid's band if they just want to be fantastic musicians or leaders of worship. Who are we honoring here? God or ourselves?