Last night I danced and pumped my way through a debut album worship session. The band was strong, instruments focused, and the audience packed in. As the evening progressed one of the obvious things that I realized is that as much as I enjoy music I have little to no interest in being the lead singer in a band. The role is not on any list – now or ever! Could I see myself on percussion? The answer is an easy yes. Would leading a solo during the course of the evening be fun? Perhaps I would with the right band members and situation. How about being on the sound-board or producing the show? Absolutely and totally yes!
Roles are often difficult to fill. Some believe they are “good” at something they are not. People want to lead, others want to cruise along with discoveries laid out for easy picking, and still others just want everyone to be happy. Wisdom suggests that “God delights in concealing things; scientists delight in discovering things.” (Proverbs 25.2) God finds incredible happiness in setting things up for our discovery. Part of “who” God is reveals itself in these statements.
Have you ever thought about the fact that “discovering” things is inherently self centered? Sure, we “share” the findings after the fact yet that is not what drives the process. “We” want to know, to understand, to discover.
God is focused on giving and drawing us up and to himself. A key part of this is laying out the story, giving us the clues, and presenting us the experiential evidence that His word is true.
We have the opportunity to discover and then emotionally own what we have determined as “truth”. The question is follows about what happens next. What will we do? Do we “conceal” it for others or try to ease it down their throats? Do we nurture the journeys of those around us or ask them to walk ours?
Last night I sang and danced with God – because a band concealed God’s love and story in a song. Thanks.