Right Approaches to Leading Worship

  • Desire to worship God, not to worship worship.
  • Realize that we don’t engineer the spiritual value of worship but receive it as a gift.
  • Realize that—by the Spirit’s power—worship is formative, not merely expressive; it changes our perspective, shapes our desires, corrects our vision.
  • Long for the Holy Spirit to work through our preaching and praying, tasting and seeing, to convert and sanctify us.
  • Be convinced that worship at its best immerses us in a countercultural world that fits the second rather than the first half of Psalm 73.

 –John D. Witvliet, “Worship in a Beatitude-Shaped World: Learning from Psalm 73,” Reformed Worship 100 (June 2011), 6

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