We should begin each worship service joyfully entering the presence of God.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.Pslam 95:2
Worship leaders need to lead the way with a glad heart as we call our church to enter God’s presence. One of the best tools scripture gives us is to enter with a song.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.Pslam 100:2
Never apologize for a joyful song as we come before God.
We know some people are hurting.
We understand that times are difficult.
We realize that not everyone here is a believer.
But we know that in God’s presence we can find joy. We trust that God is at work in the trials. We trust God with our lives, for he alone is faithful. This trust allows us to sing joyfully, no matter what life brings.
Though God can certainly handle our emotions and cares for even the smallest detail of our lives, we don’t worship God based on our emotions. We’re called to worship in spirit and in truth. So, we confidently come before Him with joy and song.
There will be time to have a heart to heart later. Not every worship service has to be all peppy and happy. But, every worship service and every worship leader must call the congregation – the church – to thank and praise God as we approach his throne of grace.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.Pslam 136:1
For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.Pslam 100:5
Sing a song of joy as you begin in worship. It’s not just for getting people engaged in worship, though that’s nice. It’s not only for getting people excited with an uptempo song, though, it does seem to draw people in (both the room and to the screen). We sing a joyful song at the start of worship for this one sole reason: we are eternally grateful to God, so we come before him with joyous song.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.Pslam 100:4