Zephaniah 3:14-17 “Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, He has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, ‘Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Not long after the release of Hosanna Integrity’s Shout to the Lord album. I was interviewed for a Christian magazine and asked the question, “What’s it like being a female worship leader?” “Well” (what a strange question I thought). “I have never been a male worship leader”, I replied, “so I have nothing to compare it to.” It seemed, in the interviewer’s mind, that for God to use a woman was almost too much to get his head around (and a blonde one at that)! Well, the good news is, the Bible is filled with great examples of women who, through devotion to their King, were able to bring great change and have great influence in their lifetimes. I call them worshipping women. For example:
- Hagar in Genesis – After the Lord granted her a son, she praised God by calling Him the God who sees me!
– A Woman of Worship knows that GOD HEARS HER CRY.
- Miriam in Exodus – She led the Israelite women in grateful worship… after God destroyed the Egyptian army.
– A Woman of Worship knows the POWER OR PRAISE AND TRUSTS THE POWER OF GOD.
- Deborah in Judges – She and Barak sang a song of praise to the Lord after He used them to deliver Israel from the Cananites.
– A Woman of Worship is BOLD, COURAGEOUS, DILIGENT AND DETERMINED. She knows how to get a job done.
- Mary, Mother of Jesus… CHOSEN because God knew her desire was to please the Father. In Luke, Mary praised God for remembering His people and honouring her with this high calling.
– A Woman of Worship KNOWS WHEN GOD IS SPEAKING and KNOWS HOW TO SAY YES TO THE FATHER. (Be still and know that I am God).
- Mary – Martha’s sister – She anointed Jesus feet with costly perfume… vividly displaying COSTLY worship.
– A Woman Of Worship is NOT AFRAID OF WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF HER DEVOTION.
- Tabitha in Acts – A Worshipper who displayed her love of God through her acts of charity and good deed.
– A Woman of Worship is GENEROUS TO THE CORE.
- Lydia in Acts – Radical worshipper and her and her family were the first believers in Phillipi.
– A Woman of Worship knows how to be bold and BIRTH A NEW DAY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.
Here are a few thoughts on what I see a woman of worship to be…
She knows how to come before her Saviour with such genuine thankfulness and enthusiasm that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are compelled to receive the song of this adoring heart.
She knows how to approach the King… with awe, reverence… and yet a pure and honest familiarity, allowing her to express the depths of praise erupting from her life.
Her extended hands invite those in her world to come and adore Him…
She has confidence in God’s promises, that her times are in His hands. She fears no evil.
She is tender… yet strong, allowing the Lord to touch and heal the dark, broken places of her heart… sharing things with God that she’d never tell another soul.
She understands grace, and stands confidently, not arrogantly, in the shadow of His wings.
She trusts in the Lord with her whole heart, knowing that a song in the night season is far greater than no song at all.
So how do you become this woman of worship? I can testify that it is a process… a journey that I’m still travelling, and the only baggage allowed on this trip is a heart that is desperate to connect with the Father.
- Come to KNOW Him. Not just about Him. Not just in your intellect… but in your heart of hearts. Acts 2:25 “I saw the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.” Job 19:25 “But as for me, I KNOW that my Redeemer lives, and that He will stand upon the earth at last.” True relationship with God takes time and devotion…
- Have Faith. Worship is more than ceremony. It starts with an act of faith and a decision of your WILL. Remember, without faith… it is impossible to please God.
- Adore Him. The essence of worship is just being in love…
Psalm 63:1-5: O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
- Learn the art of appreciation… how to say thank you. True Praise… Psalm 34 – I will praise at all times!
- Bring a song. Psalm 33 – Let the Godly sing with joy to the Lord. Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that LIVES – sing praises to the Lord.
So, I encourage you… allow the gift within you COMPEL you to come before the King… and let ALL that is within you, BLESS HIS HOLY name… More than music and song… all designed to carry His presence, yet a true woman of worship will allow her entire life to be an ‘I ADORE YOU’ to her Lord.
With much love, from my world to yours
Darlene Zschech is one of today’s premier worship songwriters and leaders. Her music has impacted the Church for over nine years, giving us songs like “Shout to the Lord” and “Jesus Lover of My Soul” as a language for intimate worship.
We would like to thank Darlene for the rights to print her article here at Worship One!