A Guide to Leading Charismatic Worship
Part II. Preparing for Worship (part 2 of 5)
A. Internal Preparation
Scripture. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. –Hebrews 4:12. If Song is our battle cry, then Scripture is our weaponry.
We read and reflect on Scripture to educate our spirits, as it is imperative that our worship be based on Truth. This goes for the songs we use as well—we must first be confident that the words we utter and sing do not go against the truths written in the Bible.
We also turn to Scripture for themes/unifying ideas we can use during worship. The Psalms offer a treasury of approaches to praise, but any verse can serve as an intro or transition between worship songs. Passages of encouragement can also help in proclaiming a message to worshipers. Some examples:
What are human beings that you spare a thought for them, or the child of Adam that you care for him? –Psalm 8:4
Let everything that breathes praise Yahweh, Alleluia! –Psalm 150:6
Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. –Isaiah 43:1
Your Father knows what you need even before you ask him. –Matthew 6:8
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You trust in God, trust also in me. –John 14:1
For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nothing already in existence and nothing still to come, nor any power, nor the heights nor the depths, nor any created thing whatever, will be able to come between us and the love of God, known to us in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 8:38-39
A Worship “Dry-Run”. Within the week of your assigned day to lead worship, it might help to use your song lineup during your private worship. Though not intended to be an exact replica of how the actual worship will go down, it’s a venue for you to familiarize yourself with the songs as well as the general flow of thought of the worship. Plus, it can also be your final test to decide on your song list—a song that ministers to you personally is a good candidate to minister to others.