Skillful

At worship practice, we like to joke around in a light-hearted way. We teased Bill about his “Elmer Fudd” hat. He teased us right back. (He is “Mr. Funk” on the team and can wear whatever hat he desires! Everyone loves Bill.)

Joking around last week, one commented, “remember your music theory.” I immediately shot back, “I never took music theory.” And we all laughed.

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  1. King David could play well, 1 Samuel 6:17.
  2. King David had experience in playing music, 1 Samuel 6:18.
  3. King David had the Lord’s anointing with him, 1 Samuel 6:18.

“Those least qualified to condemn you, will. . . . They made a practice of lifting themselves up by putting others down. . . .The One most qualified to condemn you, won’t! Stay close to Him. When you do, you’ll discover your scars aren’t permanent and you’ll recover much more quickly.”

“The Life You’ve Always Wanted” by John Ortberg

Many musicians can play well, have experience and anointing, but only the skillful can lead the team.

1 Chronicles 15:22, “Kenaniah, leader of the Levites, was to conduct the music because he was skillful.” Modern English Version

Our music director tells us when to play and when to sing. I work with him on two different worship teams. I’ve watched him show a difficult chord to a guitar player and show the drummer the exact beat and drum he wants for a particular part.

My favorite thing is when he comes to the keyboard and plays a “lead line.” Anytime he gives me music for a “lead line,” for a particular part of a song, I keep it, transposing it to the key we play for each different team.

The best way to explain is this: I don’t mind playing two keyboards, but Steve enjoys playing 3 or 4, holding sustained notes with the pedal and throwing in “lead lines” from other instruments. I can play well, but Steve is skillful.

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