I love worship music. Some of my most powerful moments with God have been during worship, listening to the body of Christ praising His name. When I close my eyes and focus on the words I’m singing back to the Lord, I’m more aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit. 

God, however, did not give me the ability to sing beautifully. I’m more of a “joyful noise” worshiper who loves when the volume of the music cancels out anything the people around me might experience. It was something I used to be really insecure about and would hold back because I didn’t want anyone to hear how off-key I might be when they were trying to worship. I don’t know when it happened, but somewhere along my journey with God He showed me that I was making worship all about me.

True worship is beautiful when it’s all about God. 

As I changed my focus away from what I was doing and put it on who God is, I stopped worrying about what other people would think. I also realized that my daughter was watching and learning from me. Hearing her little voice join in—and the way it touched my heart—made me understand, even in a small way, how God must feel when His daughters worship.

In our reading today we see how Miriam, Aaron’s sister and a leader among the people, followed Moses’s example and responded to his song of praise with her own. She led the women in song and dance, declaring publicly the greatness of God. She had crossed the Red Sea. She had witnessed what God had done. And there was no other response for a woman of faith than to loudly proclaim the glory and majesty of her God. She used what she had, and her influence, to lead other women in worship.

We don’t have to have perfect voices, stages to perform on, a special title, or anything fancy to worship God. You can influence the women God has placed in your life when you intentionally proclaim what He has done, remember His faithfulness, and encourage others to do the same. Think about who is watching and learning from you. To them, you are a worship leader. You are showing them what it means to honor and glorify God, teaching them to bring their whole self to the foot of the cross without shame or hesitation.

Like Miriam, you have a front row seat to the great works God is doing in your life and the lives of your loved ones. When others testify about God’s character and His power, join in! When others lead well and honor God with their gifts, use the gifts God has given you to do the same. Praise God not just for what He has done, but what He will do and, ultimately, who He is. 

Week 5 Challenge:

Who in your life have you seen fight for joy and praise God in the midst of hard times? Make a point this week to encourage her and share what you have seen in her life and how it has impacted you. 

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Crystal Stine

Crystal Stine

Crystal Stine is the author of Holy Hustle, Quieting the Shout of Should, and the Holy Hustle Planner. She serves as the Communications and Online Director for her church and has a passion for using social media as a mission field to reach as many as possible for Christ. You can connect with Crystal online at crystalstine.me, get a sneak peek of her first books through several YouVersion reading plans, or find her on Instagram @crystalstine. Crystal lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.

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