Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | April 25, 2010

What’s Your Song?

   My office is located next door to Josh Stewart’s office. Josh is Kingsland’s Worship Pastor and one of the most talented guys I know. One of the things I like most is listening to Josh sing. Listening to him sing makes me wish I could sing. But, alas, carrying any tune has never been something I have been good at. Josh however, is not only a talented singer — he is passionate about singing. He sings all the time. He sings in his office, he does vocal exercises as he walks down the hallway, and I have even heard him singing in the men’s room. I feel fortunate to share the office next to his because his singing makes me smile. Josh’s passion is obvious. His singing is the outward expression of his deep and passionate love for God.

   Josh has been out of the office the past couple of weeks. He is traveling in Israel with a Kingsland team. This week, I finally noticed that something was missing — the singing. The silence accentuated Josh’s absence and made me aware of the fact that no music was seeping through the wall that separates our offices. The hallway has been strangely silent. And, besides that, no one else dares to sing in the men’s room. But, Josh will be home soon and things will get back to normal. The music will return.

   Josh’s singing has caused me to think about music — particularly about my song. Although I can’t sing, I still have a song. I have come to realize that the song I have to offer God is my service to others. It’s what I think about all the time and what I love doing. I love to serve others — whether that service is expressed by leading our Kingsland folks to serve others through our missions initiatives, by assisting with our Wednesday night meals, or any other number of ways. I love to serve. That’s my song and what I have to offer God. It’s my “spiritual act of worship” (Rom. 12:1).

   Josh’s absence also got me thinking about what would happen if I stopped singing my song. Would others notice the silence? What needs would go unmet? Would my silence cause others to sing less? Would I be happy? Well, I know that I wouldn’t be happy. I wouldn’t be happy because serving others is a way for me to express my deep love for God. It’s my song — the song He has given to me. And, I love to sing my song as often as I can. Deep down inside I imagine God smiling every time I sing the song He placed in my heart.

   What about you? Have you found your song — the thing that you do best that brings glory to God, the thing that you are most passionate about? If so, don’t remain silent. Sing your song out loud as often as you can and bring glory to God and joy to those around you.


Responses

  1. Your remarks are an outstanding observation. I like it

  2. Thank you for writing this! When one finds their song they shouldn’t let anything or anyone silence it!

  3. “The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.” Psalm 28:7

  4. As our Worship Pastor, Josh continually reminds us that true worship is everything we do. He asks if we are “all in,” meaning worshipping God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.
    Your thoughts and comparisons are good for each of us to think about, to make sure our “song” is being heard.

  5. We are so blessed to have Josh as our worship leader here at Kingsland. His life is worship in that he depicts Jesus every where he goes; he is not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For me, Josh’s worship is contagious and his heart is evident in his spirit-filled leadership. He wants none other than for Christ to be glorified.

  6. You know Omar, you have 4 women that responded that are fully capable of carrying on in Josh’s absence. Although they can’t sing in the men’s room, they could sing for you during their work day. It was always special to me to hear Josh because it reminded me of my son, Chris, who is also passionate about singing unto the Lord with Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.

  7. What a great post, Pastor Omar!

    Psalm 92 says:

    It is good to give thanks to the Lord
    to sing praises to your name, O Most high,
    to declare your steadfast love in the morning
    and your faithfulness by night…
    …for you have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy!

    Worship starts with seeing God. Seeing His goodness, seeing how He is at work around us and in us, marveling at His majesty and holiness. When we experience Him…we can’t help to declare His name to the world. It’s the overflow of our hearts.

    For some it’s to sing for joy, to others it is to proclaim the truth (like Peter and John who couldn’t help but speak of what they had heard and seen).
    To others it is to stir up towards compassion. But there is always a response of worship.

    Our desire becomes the fame and renown of Jesus’ name (Isaiah 26:8)

    So many times in the Bible when people saw the mighty works of God, they will burst into singing: Moses, Miriam, the sons of Korah, Debora and Barak, David, Mary they all did.

    We are truly blessed in our chuch family to have Josh lead the Music and Worship ministry. Like Cynthia said, his leadership is spirit-filled and contagious.

    Like Josh, I’ve had two people in my life who modeled this kind of continual praise on their lips. First my mom, then my husband Brad. They are both known for always humming or singing a song of praise no matter where they are in life.

    By the world’s standards neither of them would be considered great singers, but that has never stopped them.

    I learned from them that in every season there is always a reason to sing praises and to worship with our lives. It should never stop.

  8. Thanks, Omar….that’s a great analogy.

  9. I miss Josh, too. It will be great to have him and Lacey back.

  10. I’m so thankful that God did not say, “Make a perfect sound” that would count me out of Music Ministry, but He did say, “Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!” I can do that one! He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord . Psalm 40:3

    I believe God loves all of our “acts of worship”…. even when they are less than perfect! Thanks for the analogy Omar – you are such a blessing to KBC!

  11. Thanks for your sweet remarks concerning Josh. I agree totally. I could listen to him sing all day-every day! His heart is so pure, and he is so in love with God. I am reminded that a song is not enough, the cross demands more. Grace requires that we bring ourselves, laying our lives before this merciful God. You, Josh, and all our precious ministers and staff do just this. I am saddened I can not be a part of the music ministry right now due to my commitment to Steve, but I continue to get such a blessing through music ministry. Thank you, Josh, and all our ministers for your evident love for God and for all of your commitments to serving God in your area of calling. We are so blessed to have you all at Kingsland.

  12. Ahhhhh Omar it’s so good to be back at the same church with you! Oh how I have missed your contageous passionate worship thru missions! I am honored to be a part of the KBC Worship Ministry under Josh’s leadership! Although I am new to KBC, I too see Josh’s passion not only for the act of singing but for the God he serves thru his music! As mentioned above, God commands us to make a joyful noise to Him! Maybe it’s singing or playing an instrument. Or maybe it’s clapping, cheering, shouting praises or scriptures. Or even serving others or leading them to Christ verbally. I don’t know that the type of song is nearly as important as the heart behind the song and that it’s done “joyfully” and “to Him”! I’m so thankful that God has led us here!


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