Lately, I’ve been having this conversation more often. Why has it been so good these days? Is there a new group of skilled leaders and musicians? Not really, it’s just the same ol’ folks with a few fresh faces. Have I been praying and communing with the Spirit more? I wish that I could say that I have.
I think that a lot of it stems from a deeper sense of humility that our congregation has been experiencing. Some humility is coming as fall out from some ministry failures that we experience a few years ago. Humility has also come as a result of some broken relationships. Our hearts have been broken as we see a faithful servant and friend in our church battling stage 4 cancer. All of us, especially those who are in the music team, feel this growing sense of the fear of God’s sovereignty mixed with a deeper longing for the resurrection and the liberation from the curse of sin. This is exactly what produces good worship: broken hearts, desperate dependence on the cross, a longing to hold on to the unchanging hand of our beautiful savior.
The band might be a little more rockin’ and the singers a little more unrestricted in their praise. But, it’s not because we’ve been practicing any more than normal. We are just feeling a little more dependent on Jesus to be our Lord.
A song we sang this morning says it all:
Mambo sawa sawa Yesu akiwa ezini, mambo sawa sawa
Translation: Things are already better with Jesus on the throne, things are already better.