Back when I first started on the worship team at my congregation, Adonai taught me an important lesson about humility. It’s a lesson that seems really simple at first, but it was something I didn’t really think of much before. When you’re up in front of people playing or dancing, it’s easy to fall into the trap of just “performing,” either with the intent of showing off and making yourself look good, or just blindly performing without giving any thought to it. But I’ve found that, either way, that isn’t exactly the best mindset to have while praising the King of kings. The key is to focus less on what people would think of you, but to focus more on Adonai.
A perfect example of this can be found in 2 Samuel 6. In this passage, King David and his men were celebrating and praising God through dance and music as they led the Ark of God back into Jerusalem. But as they entered the city, Michal, David’s wife, was embarrassed to see him in that kind of state, and later told him exactly what she thought. But David responded, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.” To David, it wasn’t about looking “cool” or impressive, to his own subjects and wife, or even to himself! His mind was totally focused on Adonai!
No matter what kind of praise or worship you’re doing, be it music, dance, giving, or anything else, whether you’re on stage or just sitting quietly in a pew, whether you’re in a crowd or by yourself, I’d encourage you to focus on God. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to look “cool,” or worrying about what others may think of you because man looks at the outward appearance, but Adonai looks at the heart. We don’t do these things for men to see us, but we do them to give glory to Adonai!