As a worship leader, one of the hardest things to do is to learn how to lead praise and worship when you are feeling down. I know we read in the scriptures about Paul and Silas praising God in prison, but if you have had a tough week, a personal tragedy or struggle with depression it is entirely normal to struggle also with leading others closer to the Lord.
Yet if we really are servants we need to learn how to lead worship no matter how we feel, whether happy or sad, high or low, depressed or rejoicing. Our calling is a noble one but it can also be a difficult one because most of us are emotional beings.
How to Lead Praise and Worship When You Are Empty
When you are on top of the world it is easier to lead your team forth in triumph. However, if you are feeling low for any reason it is much harder, so it is important that we learn how to effectively lead praise and worship in those circumstances.
The most important thing to think about if you are feeling down is that, while we are weak, He is strong. Real faith is there whether we have the feelings or not, so if we are empty and lifeless it is a real opportunity to let Christ shine through us. As John said, “He must become greater, I must become less.” (John 3:30)
When we lead our congregations at times we are so empty and we have nothing to offer. It is here that we may discover a true secret to how we can really tap into the depths of our walk with the Lord and our worship of Him.
Leading When You Are Angry
Sometimes we may simply be feeling angry, maybe at something that happened on the way to church or even with someone in the band, singers or sound. In these circumstances we need to avoid feeling righteous, or even right, forgive and move on. I use to have a sound guy who would explode minutes before every service, ruining the atmosphere and setting everyone on edge. You cannot budget for these things, but you need to do all you can to address the situation with grace and love, then forgive and move on. More is at stake here beyond your pride!
Worship Leading in Any Circumstances
If we are to become true servants of the Lord, the Pastor and our congregations, we need to be brave enough and humble enough to lay situations, feelings and hurts aside, and get on with the job of leading praise and worship. This is part of our challenge, but also our joy!
If we want to be the best at what we do, we must not collapse under the weight of sadness, emptiness, anger or circumstances. We must learn how to lead praise and worship by resting in His strength and allowing Him to lift us above the circumstances and feelings.