“On that day they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hand limp.
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you in singing.”
This week I have the privilege to be in a conference with 35 other ministers of music from around the nation. We are meeting in New Orleans for what is called Metro 3 Conference. The day is filled with roundtable discussions, conversations about ministry and presentations from people representing the music industry side of worship. We begin each morning with a time of worship together.
Monday was a full day with great challenges for me. With the events in the world and the events in my own personal life, I came Tuesday morning with a heavy heart. I was away from my family and my work, my natural comfort zone. That natural comfort zone often brings a sense of security, even if it isn’t completely real. We feel comfortable in what we know. Tuesday morning I was in a place that was very different and it brought a sense of vulnerability that I don’t experience often.
This place was really fairly common. The hotel conference room pretty much looks like the hotel conference rooms in any other hotel. Nothing different about that. I stood with several of my friends who had invited me and I know them well. Nothing very different about that, either. But my heart was heavy and I was yearning to experience the presence of God in our midst.
The first song of our time worship began and my heart cried out to the Living God, my strength and my Redeemer. I found I couldn’t sing at all. I just stood and listened. In a room full of musicians, the sound of music was sweet. But it was the power of the words of that music that made a difference. I stood and allowed the music to wash over me. And with that my heart was filled to overflowing and it spilled out in the tears that fell on my face.
I experienced once again what I urge my choir to remember each week. When we stand in the presence of God and sing the songs of Zion, when we sing over people who need to hear that music, something happens. It is a supernatural event, something that cannot be explained. It is what is the essence of music ministry. It is the life-giving flow of the Holy Spirit that gives power to what we sing. And it fills the hearts and souls of so many that need to hear it.
For you who sing in church choirs each week, this is your calling. This is your divine appointment. This is your ministry. Always remember, there is power in a song!