Monday, May 2, 2011

An Audience of One

This past weekend, while watching the splendor of Will and Kate's Royal Wedding, I saw an audience of one. After the exchange of the wedding vows, a trumpet fanfare introduced the British National Anthem, God Save the Queen:

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen:
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.

Every single proud citizen of the UK standing in Westminster Abbey that day was fervently singing the song of Her Majesty... except for one: Her Majesty! Because the song is about her, she became an audience of one, with everyone else being the performers. When Charles becomes king, he will no longer sing, but listen to everyone else's rendition of God Save the King.

As a worship leader in church, I often find myself in the role of performer. Members of the congregation naturally seem like audience members, listening as I worship God. The reality, however, is that the entire body of believers is called to perform, to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, with God himself being the Audience of One. Next time you're standing in church, belting out the latest worship song from your pew or row, remember that you are not the audience. You are the performer, and the Lord is your Audience of One!

3O magnify the LORD with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
Psalm 34:3

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