Every week I start out writing this devotional with no idea what the final result will be. God is always speaking but usually my first attempt is quickly deleted and then I start actually listening. I believe God desires to speak through us all, whether it is to the harried waitress during an especially busy lunch hour or to our frightened child who is awaked by a horrible nightmare. Our job is to make sure our spirit ears are tuned in and our mouths in proper submission to speak His words rather than what our mind says is the appropriate response.
As artists and worshippers, this profession of listening becomes a nonstop endeavor. We have been given this incredible gift of bestowing His creative power in our hands as we paint, in our mouths as we sing and on our faces as we act. His voice longs to be given the microphone of our pen and journal or the wooden canvas of the dancers’ playground. My question to you is this, are you willing to listen and then to convey?
“Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things; for my mouth will speak truth.” Proverbs 8.6
Art is only truth if it comes from the heart of God. All other attempts are a bad imitation from an enemy who only knows how to distort art into a semblance of the truth. My heart is that every word I pen and every song I compose will speak truth to the reader and the listener. Words are weighty – carrying the burden of revelation or destruction and I pray that every key stroke bears the substance of the Spirit.
Each one of you has a voice, whether it is audible to a congregation on Sunday morning or discreet in the form of poetic reflection. Does your voice carry the inflection of the Master Creator, or the ominous imitation of an enemy whose sole burden is to distort truth? Tune you ear into the voice of Holy Spirit, He longs to speak through you. Let your worship be excellent before Him and your testimony sing through the song of your heart. We were created to fellowship with Him; this is the basis of creative worship. What you learn about the Father in the secret place becomes the palette you as the artist draws from to sing His praise. The colors of His voice are neither diluted nor pale; they explode with the expression of His love for us!
So listen closely to the heartbeat of the Father and let its beating passion sing truthfully through the art you display for His people.
I pray this has been an honest reflection of what He is speaking to me. I pray the art you offer as worship to Him is truthful above all else.