I remember one of my favorite things to do when a regular customer came into our Starbucks and I was on the bar (the one making drinks). There’d be a line and I was making other drinks, but I’d hurry myself and make the drink just like I knew the customer would order it.
By the time he got to the register to order it, I’d hand it to him.
I loved serving like that!
It’s been over a decade since I worked there, but I still remember how it felt. And I know he was very pleased to be served like that.
And while pleasing people is a trap, pleasing the LORD is the very essence of worship.
I was reading Psalm 123, and was struck hard by a phrase at the end of verse two. It read:
We keep looking to the LORD our God for His mercy, just as servants keep their eyes on their master, as a slave girl watches her mistress for the slightest signal.
What a heart posture!
Imagine if we’d do that more as worship leaders and team members! I mean if pleasing the LORD is our goal in worship, how could we be more attentive to the little ways that He communicates.
- What if someone standing with their arms crossed, not singing, is a signal to extend love and pray for that person as you sing.
- What if your phone not working one weekday morning was a signal to just be quiet and listen to the LORD, Who may be wanting to give you direction for Sunday.
- What if the congregation standing expectantly at the end of a song is a signal to invite them to sing a new song to the LORD?
- What if your 18-month old’s fussiness is a signal to connect with him, showing him the heart of the Father?
I don’t know what it is for you. But let’s be attentive to the LORD’s "slightest signal."