Story - Heather P. - as told to Holly Poole.
This week I asked Heather Poole, a musician and worship leader (oh, and my sister), a few things about her life of worship. Heather is only 17-years-old and attending both high school and college. Although she stays busy with school, she always makes time to continue writing music, creating set-lists for worship, and improving her skills as a musician. You may notice that there is a theme of young worshipers throughout recent blog posts. It is apparent that these young people who have put worship in the forefront of their lives have a powerful relationship with God and influencial leadership. I asked Heather to explain what worship means to her and how she holds the value of worship in her life, the following are her words.
“One way to describe worship is focusing on God and all He is. Worship is prioritizing God above everything else and recognizing that He is worthy. Our worship is just an overflow of our relationship with God. The stronger of a relationship we have with God, the more we know Him, and the more we know Him the more we can appreciate Him in our lives so the more we worship Him. And the more we worship Him, the more we hunger to have a stronger relationship with Him.
David, who wrote Psalms, was a songwriter and worshiper. He is one of the dudes I want to meet when I get to heaven. If you read some of the songs he wrote, they aren’t always beautiful and neat. Some of the things he writes are just really honest. I think that is why God wanted to exemplify David as a true worshiper in the Bible. He was vulnerable before God. I think Psalms 29:2 really summarizes worship pretty well. It says:
“Give to the Lord the honor that belongs to Him. Worship the Lord in the beauty of holy living.”
This verse is basically challenging us to worship God by honoring Him, because he deserves it. And the way we do this is by living a holy life that reflects Him.
We were created to worship God. The gifts and abilities we have are God-given, and God wants us to use those abilities to worship Him and give back what he gave to us. I believe that God honors willingness and excellence. Those should be two qualities of worship. We must be willing to surrender our hearts and minds to God when we worship first. I think of surrendering to God like becoming clay in His hands. It is when we completely surrender to God with complete vulnerability and trust that he can mold us like clay and beautifully change us. Excellence comes from putting effort into bettering our God given gifts so that we can give it back to God. That is why I practice and learn music. I want to give Him my absolute best, because He is more than worthy of my absolute best. I worship through playing and singing music. But worship doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with music. Worship is simply giving God what you have to offer because he is worthy.”
Many of us associate worship with the people on stage during Sunday morning services. We see worship leaders as being glamorous positions in the church; they are people who have talents that we could never possess and therefore we consider ourselves “not a worship-person.” However, what Heather is demonstrating about worship is that it is all about humility and surrendering ourselves. All of us. Certainly, singers and musicians should excel in their gifting and use them for the kingdom. But the true heart of worship is not the singer with the best voice, or the best musician with a diverse set of skills.
A true heart of worship is found in the person that says, “I worship because He is worthy of my worship.”