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Worshipping Warriors

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The Bible does not say to sing only if you have a good voice. Neither does it say to sing only if you like the song. One of the biggest weapons of deception the enemy uses against us today is that he has tricked us into using one of these excuses to not sing. As I travel around the country, my heart breaks to see so many who stand in a worship time completely checked out — not opening their mouths once to sing or even speak a praise to the Lord. Singing is not a suggestion. It is a command. There are over 100 commands to sing in the Psalms alone. When we sing, something supernatural happens. Something is released — the power and joy of the Lord.

Many times when the children of Israel went into battle, singers were placed on the front lines because they knew if they faced their enemies with praise, they would win. And they did. 2 Chronicles 20:21 (NASB) shows us this principle at work:

After consulting with the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: ‘Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever.’ As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.

What a powerful lesson this passage teaches us, as well as the children we serve. When we face our battles with praise on our lips and allow the power and joy of the Lord to rise up within us, we win. What an encouraging truth. Look at the opportunities you have each week during Sunday morning worship times and choir rehearsals as more than simply chances to practice the mechanics of singing. See them as strategic times to train up worshiping warriors.

One training activity I like to use with kids is to have them come up with a word they can use to describe the Lord or something they love about Him. After they say their word, you sing it back to them. After you sing it, have all the kids echo what you sang. They may giggle or give you a funny look at first, but I’ve found that so many times while doing this, the kids will start trying to sing their words as well.

You may think, “I could never do that. I’m wouldn’t know what notes to sing for the words.” Well, start simple, even if you just pick a note and repeat it. The more you practice it, especially when you’re by yourself with the Lord, the easier it will become. There’s something really awesome that happens when you step out of the boat and get spontaneous. I’ve found this is a great way to draw the kids into participating, especially ones who may feel singing is not their thing.

It’s always good to have a plan going into your time with the kids, but it’s also good to plan to let go. Don’t be afraid to lay down your agenda and see what the Holy Spirit may reveal during an intimate, free-flowing worship time.

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About the Author

For the past 26 years, Jeff Slaughter has been laughing singing, dancing and worshiping with kids! His heart’s desire is to equip them with God’s word through music and to help them discover what a passionate relationship with Jesus is all about. Having grown up in Greenwood, Mississippi, he first attended Mississippi State University, then transferred to Nashville to attend Belmont University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music/Composition and Arranging Emphasis. Upon graduating, he signed with StarSong Publishing and his first radio single, “One More Broken Heart” became a #1 hit for the group Point of Grace. Slaughter, who has most recently signed with Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, has written scores of songs for Lifeway Christian Stores VBS curriculum, including the music for Outrigger Island, Boomerang Express, Saddle Ridge Ranch, Big Apple Adventure and Amazing Wonders Aviation. One of Slaughter’s best-loved VBS songs includes “We Believe” from 2005′s Ramblin’ Road Trip VBS curriculum. The song also became a top-selling choral anthem for adult choirs that same year. More than 46 million children have sung Slaughter’s songs over the years, according to Jerry Wooley, VBS Ministry Specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources. Slaughter has written a new musical titled The Christmas Shoe Tree, the No.1-selling kid’s Christmas musical to-date in 2012 for Brentwood-Benson. Brentwood-Benson has also just released his 2013 VBS curriculum titled Jeff Slaughter VBS World Tour. During his career, Slaughter has toured throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, Central America, Canada, Asia and Africa. He has also had the opportunity to be involved in the country music arena as well. He has toured with artists such as Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty and Suzy Boggus. “I love to help kids understand what a miracle it is that God made our voices to sing! The Bible doesn’t say sing if you’re a great singer, or if you like the song…it just says SING,” says Slaughter. “We tend to take things like that for granted, but when the children of Israel went into battle, they put the worshippers on the front line because they knew that if they entered into the battle with praise, they were going to win! What a powerful truth the Lord shows us through that example! When we choose to sing praise in the middle our own battles, we win! I have learned that lesson throughout my life and I want to do all I can to pass that on to this generation!” You can check out Jeff’s new project “Under God,” a 14 song collection produced by brothers, Preston and Spencer Dalton. it is available for download here and on iTunes.