2Chronicles 7:14 If My People, upon whom My name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
As a worship leader, there are many passages granting keys to more intimate personal worship. There are remarkably few that point us to what we will call revival worship. Our nation is in dire need of authentic culture shaping revival. To achieve this, we must be willing to do what God requires.
Notice the first word is “if.” The healing and revitalization of our nation is not guaranteed. We have a choice. I am convinced we are not waiting on God; He is waiting on those that call themselves by His name to step out of pride. To pray and seek the face of one greater than one’s self requires quite a bit of humility. These are key to revival worship.
A slow song is not a worship song simply because it is slow. An acoustic guitar played over a soothing string pad does not guarantee God’s presence. There must be a humble acknowledgement of His incomparable greatness and worth. We must acknowledge that He alone is God and worthy of our personal and corporate worship.
Seeking God’s face takes time and focus. If the worship leader is more concerned with lights and compressors than sincerity and passion for revival, they are a hireling and a great distraction from the church’s purpose. If the ministry is only for the entertainment and pacification of the people, revival is not a foreseeable end. One cannot pursue evil, sin, and God. Holiness must be sought if we truly want a move of God.
A packed building does not mean revival, but revival does pack buildings. Compromise will always short circuit revival. Nothing else satisfies a true revival hunger other than true revival. A watered down gospel may fill a stadium with people seeking fantasy but it will not give them the power to stand in the day of adversity. Paper umbrellas are always a bad idea.
I am praying for brothers and sisters willing to sing, play, preach, and serve God with the ferocious humility that will allow God to lead us in the paths of righteousness. Our goals, visions, and ministries must serve the cause of revival. Please send me songs, videos, paintings, sketches, and other expressions based around the theme of regional, national and, or, global revival that you would like me to post or send me links to your works. The fire must start in hearts and be spread to the next. Tag, it is your turn to pass the fire along.