You may not feel it as a worship leader, but we are called to keep watch. We are part of the leadership in the church, and so our brief includes the need to be a sentinel on the ramparts for our people. It is no accident that the Lord has placed us in this position, because it is the ideal place for us to be able to watch and see what is going on in the church!
When you stand before the congregation you have a unique opportunity to look across the people, see the expression on their faces, and pray for them. So don’t waste this incredible opportunity! Rather than simply looking across the audience, why not ask the Lord to give you insight and understanding for each of the people out there. You may see someone hurting, someone lonely, maybe even someone with evil lurking in their heart. You job is not to publically embarrass them, or to rebuke them, but to pray for them and ask God to move in their hearts as they worship!
You also have the opportunity to understand where the church is at with regards worship. You can sense the atmosphere, any hesitancy or whether they are willing to plunge deeper into worship with you. As you ask the Lord for diving understanding, you can set the right tempo for the meeting, and allow His Spirit to touch their lives in a new and fresh way.
Very few people in the church have the opportunity to see what you can see as you lead worship, so don’t squander what the Lord has called you to! Look, learn, understand, pray and lead your congregation, because you are one of the watchman (or watch-woman) of your church, and God can use you to touch lives across your church.