How to Lead a Spirit-filled Worship Service
By Michael McFarland
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
There are many worship services going on today but too many lack Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) involvement. The only way to lead a Spirit-filled worship service is if those doing the leading are filled with the Spirit. Sounds basic I know, but it really is the answer to leading a true Holy Ghost inspired worship service. Those who are involved need to have a true love for worshipping God and they need to express that while leading. The musicians, singers and anyone on the platform leading worship should be full of the Holy Ghost themselves (John 20:22).
Lead by example! When you are singing songs about worship and you yourself are not worshipping, you are sending the wrong message. As "worship leaders" we should be leaders of worship. To lead someone is to show someone the way. While leading worship, one should not feel constrained or bound by anything. Outward demonstrative worship requires us doing just that…demonstrating worship! Whatever the Lord impresses on your heart to do while leading, you should do without hesitation.
2 Corinthians 3:17 – Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Liberty- freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.
Pray to be sensitive to the Lord’s leading. The Lord knows in each and every service, where He wants to take the congregation. If we limit Him by not leading the way we are supposed to lead, the service goes in the wrong direction. We should pray every service to be sensitive to His voice and that He would show us what He would have us do in that service. Worship is not something we do for anyone else but for our Creator. Worship is something that does not require the attention or approval of anyone else but our Lord and Savior! We were created to worship Him. He doesn’t make or force us to do it, it is something He wants us to do from the bottom of our hearts. He gives us the choice to worship Him or to not worship Him.
Don’t force worship on anyone. Because He doesn’t make us do it we are not allowed to make others do it either. Urge it, press it, push it, encourage it and even insist on it, but never make someone do it if they don’t want to. Worship is not something that can be forced upon people. You can’t make people do something that they do not want to do. If worship is not something that is in the heart of someone, they will not be involved and, in fact, will feel very uncomfortable around true worshippers.
Luke 6:45 – A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
If someone loves God with all of their heart, they will want to express this love for Him through their worship.
Seek to please the Lord. If we want to see the fruits of our labor we should seek to please Him with our worship services. We are not on the platform in front of everyone to entertain others with our beautiful singing and talented musicians. We are not to bring glory to ourselves (1 Corinthians 1:29) but to worship and praise our King. For us to see results in our worship services and see people filled with the Holy Ghost, we have to learn to follow the leading of the Spirit.
Ezekiel 13:3 – Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!
To effectively lead a Spirit-filled worship service is to follow the Spirit.