A few months ago, I received an invitation to attend Worship School for the Level Two Psalmody Course. It came at a time when things were so hectic, that I was already cutting back on activities to accommodate priorities. However, my attendance at this course quickly became high on my list.
Could I afford it? Well, the real answer to that is no. I had to really weigh my options on whether to wait until I could pay for it, or just faith it out. I had to believe that somehow, the fees would get paid.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5
When I had attended the Level One a couple of years ago, it had been such a life changing experience for my personal and spiritual growth. I had been so eager to proceed to the next level but was told it was not available at the time. I had to wait for the next run. Meanwhile, I got caught up with other studies and immersed myself in trying to ‘live out’ the new knowledge I had acquired on the course.
It had opened my eyes to a new way of being in constant communion and gratitude on a daily basis. I began to understand the different types of expressions of worship and how to put them in practice. As a worship leader, I discovered a new dynamic within the church, when interacting with the congregation, worship team and musicians. Something had shifted for me.
“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:21-24
Now, having completed more than half of Level Two, I am once again seeing a huge transformation in my approach to worship. The blockages that had been causing a hindrance in my life, like unforgiveness, were completely eliminated. My confidence has been built up, and I feel a release to be the radical worshiper I have always strived to be.
What are you doing to build yourself up? A quick word of advice; please do not wait for your Church to invest in your spiritual gifts and talents before you begin to invest in them yourself. You have a huge responsibility to work on yourself; and if this means searching for the resources outside of your comfort zone, then be prepared to step out in faith.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15 (NIV)
Be hungry for spiritual growth and challenge yourself to be the best that you can be for the Kingdom.