Worship Changes Everything
Sunday, July 28
Hello Song Talkers, my name is Ryan Ward! I am the Contemporary Worship Minister here at Second – which means I lead the 11AM service.
I love to worship God, I love worship music, and I absolutely love to worship corporately as a church body! There is something about a group of people lifting up praise to a Holy God that will always be special to me.
From a young age I have loved music, I think I received that trait from my father who always had music playing in the house or on car drives. I started playing instruments and singing as a teenager. I fell in love with corporate worship on a mission trip to Gatlinburg, TN when I was 17 years old. A couple years later I felt called to worship ministry and began leading worship at a local church. It was there that I realized I not only loved to lead worship, but I also love to lead worship teams. This was the beginning of a path completely ordained by God that lead me to where I am now, at Second. I am so thankful that God chooses to use me as an instrument for His glory, and I am extremely thankful that His power is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).
One thing that has been on my heart lately is the fact that worship changes our perspective. In a fallen world life can be chaotic, heartbreaking, and in some situations just downright scary. This can create in us a mindset that focuses on our struggles. When we worship a sovereign God, who is above all of these things, our mindset changes. I believe sometimes when we are in the middle of a struggle our mindset can be that our problems are enormous - while our God is small. But worship gives us the perspective that God is all powerful and in control. It minimizes the effect our struggles have on us. Worship changes everything!
In a corporate setting when we worship awesome things happen! Paul tells us, in Colossians 3:16, to "let the Word of Christ dwell richly among you, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts". When we worship, we actually teach and admonish one another as we let the Word of Christ dwell in us. Our perspective regarding our struggles and the power of God begins to change as we sing the Word of Christ over each other. The Word of Christ being the basis of all the songs we sing. So, when we sing the lyrics, "how great is our God" or "it is well with my soul," we are actually reminding each other of the greatness of God and the assurance He brings through Christ.
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