Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,
“Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord!
Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!
Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills.
Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places.
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.
The Lord has spoken!” – Isaiah 40:3-5
For those who are involved in facilitating worship in church, we need to understand that the platform is not there for us to get an ‘opportunity’ or to be some kind of rock star, but to create an atmosphere where people can focus on God and meet with Him. To that end, we need to make sure we can do so without a bunch of obstacles getting in the way. We need to fill in the potholes, straighten out the curves, smooth out the rough bits so that “the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all the people will see it together”.
That’s what our practice at home, and our rehearsals together are for – to iron out those rough bits and make sure we’ve got our stuff together and don’t have a ‘train wreck’ on Sunday (or whenever your services are). It means working on that transition, or that bridge, or getting that harmony right, or ditching a song that you thought would work but isn’t.
But other obstacles can be how we present ourselves on stage. We need to dress in such a way as not to draw attention to ourselves or make it difficult for people to focus on the real reason they are there. Present yourself well, appropriately, and in a manner that honours your Creator.
“Making the highway straight” is also ensuring that we are clearing the boulders our of our own life – the ‘log out of eye’ to use another analogy.
Then the glory of God will be revealed, and ultimately that’s what we want to have happen each time we gather!