These first three verses of Psalms 40, in addition to the rest of the chapter, outline what I think are some great requirements for worship leaders:
40:1-For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.
40:2-He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
1. Wait Patiently
Make sure you make time to wait on the Lord. Minister to Him. It is in those moments that you learn how to be the worshiper that leads others. Lead yourself first, then you will get to lead others. His response to the waiting is to hear you and answer you. That’s how you become effective.
2. Remember what God has done
We have all sinned and fallen short(Rom 6:23). It’s important for us to remember where we were without God, and how He lifted us out of the mud and mire.
3. Stand up and start walking
God has work for us to do, so He sets our feet on solid ground. In other words, He puts us in a place of strong foundation so that we can start moving. When we start to move, He will steady us along the path, keeping us in the right line so that we can accomplish His purposes.
4. Sing the Song that God puts in your mouth
Worship is the response that comes from being with God, knowing who He is and remembering what He has done. When we sing the song that God puts in our mouth, that’s when people hear it and respond. That’s our call as Worship Leaders. Sing it out so that people can respond to Him, not to us. When we do what God has called us and enabled us to do, that’s when we see His hand and His plan at work. Not our own.
When we have been obedient to these things, many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.