Rest for the Weary
By Nathan Ely With on December 09, 2013

There will always come a time where you will find yourself struggling to keep your head above the water as a worship leader. You may be asked serve in uncomfortable ways or ways in which you are not experienced. In worship ministry, versatility is a rare commodity to be cherished, appreciated and developed. If you have an anointing, it’s important to dig deeper and broaden your horizons as a musician, but also as a leader within the church. If you’re being deepened and you feel yourself sinking into the abyss, here are a few ways to stay afloat and finish strong:

1.) Call out to God.

Always, always, always ask God for help first. He is your advocate, your healer, your truest friend and confidant. Going to God for help and advice first is like giving him the first fruits of your offering. There is no one else who longs to hear from you more and who is able to deliver you. Have faith! Even if you do not feel the presence of God, if you are on your knees calling out to Him, he hears you. Prayer is powerful and effective. It is one of the greatest gifts God has given us and it allows for communication with the One who saves. Pray for a sensitivity to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as you are guided through the difficult times and even times of rest. Start and end your day on your knees in a posture of submission. Weary traveler, you will find rest for your soul.

2.) Seek wise council (and be discipled while you’re at it).

This is so valuable and often overlooked. It’s ok to ask people for advice, in fact it’s Biblical. Proverbs has a lot to say on the subject of wisdom and seeking council from others is highly encouraged: “The way of a fool is right in [their] own eyes, but a wise [person] listens to advice” (Proverbs 12:15). Especially, seek the council of elders. There are older, wiser people who have seen more, experienced more and walked further than you have. God has placed these people in your life for a reason. They can help you see things from a broader perspective and steer you from pitfalls you may not be able to identify. Musically, you can find people who are gifted in the areas where you are weak. Humble yourself and acknowledge that you may not be able to do everything and in fact, you can’t do everything on your own. We were created for community. All this to say, make friends with old people!

3.) Go deep in the Word.

I cannot emphasize this enough. I find so much peace, comfort and strength from spending time daily with the Word of God. I prefer reading Scripture in the morning to set things on the right course and if I’m not too exhausted, I’ll read a devotional at night. The Word brings us back to the heart of worship. As a worship leader, it is essential to be deep in the Word because it will affect how you lead and how you approach your given tasks. All of the spiritual and physical disciplines are important to keep up if you want to find growth.

Stay strong and hold fast!

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