Revere the Altar

I started playing piano for worship services when I was a teenager. I’ve played with musicians so talented that they could record. I have accompanied singers with angelic voices and those who could put Broadway to shame.

I’ve also played for those who do not have a large vocal range but their love for Jesus shines out of their faces. When they worship, you can’t help but join in when they lose themselves in the worship of God.

Growing up in Bible schools, I learned to have a deep respect and fear for the altar of the Lord. Musicians are not performing on a stage in church, they offer their gifts on an altar. An altar is a platform where the sacrifice dies.

Leviticus 19:30, “You shall keep My Sabbaths and revere My sanctuary: I am the Lord.” Modern English Version

Those who refer to the altar as a stage, and the worship service as a gig or a set, do not remain on the worship team long. God is a jealous God. He will not allow the glory to go to anyone.

Musicians come to services to die. We must decrease – God must increase. Sometimes, the death is to our pride. (Sunday, I died a little when I realized I pushed the “harpsichord” button instead of the “strings!”)

Satan hates worship. He was in charge of worship in heaven, see Ezekiel 28:13-15. He tries to trip up musicians into worshipping themselves.

Another tactic is to get others to worship them. If you only enter in when your favorite musician is up, you are crippling them. When several people do that, God can no longer use them. The glory belongs to God, not any man. (When this happens, God removes the musician for a season. I spent eight years playing only for God in the privacy of our home.)

It is important to pray for your pastors and musicians: to keep their focus on God, for their health, and their marriages. David and I served on worship teams together. It wasn’t always pretty. We received marriage counseling for the first 20 years of our marriage!

We know it is an area Satan loves to attack. That’s why after 35 years of marriage, we went to a “Weekend to Remember.” It wasn’t cheap. It wasn’t easy. It was a lot of hard homework but it strengthened our marriage.

Revere the altar and fervently pray for each person who offers a sacrifice on it.

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