In a study on the subject of excellence, I came across this from David S. Lampel’s “Unison” series. It really rang true with what I’ve been seeking to convey to our worship team as we minister to the Lord & His church.
“We have spoken much of excellence in worship, and there are two points that need to be made clear:
* Excellence in worship is not optional. The two cannot be separated.
* Excellence is not synonymous with perfection. Here is where many get sidetracked; they think that because they are incapable of perfection, they may as well not try for excellence.
In true worship, excellence is not the goal, but the result. The goal in worship is to approach God to adore Him. To do this, we must empty ourselves of self, come to Him with open hands and open hearts--nothing hidden. No hypocrisy. Only truth.
This honesty in worship results in excellence. God accepts our adoration because it is honest, and He permits our honest worship to be an example for others. In this, we attain-- without seeking excellence as an end--excellence in worship.
When you approach your God to worship, whether in public or in private, do it honestly or don't do it at all. Mean what you say to Him. And in your honesty, He will be praised.”
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!”
-Psalm 150:6 NASB