Darlene Zschech: Understanding God's Justice Through Worship
June 2, 2008 - Darlene Zschech, a worship leader and pastor at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, has written several well-known worship songs, including “Shout to the Lord,” that millions of believers around the world sing every week.
by Ann Marie Chilton
This week, June 3–5, 2008, Zschech will lead a worship seminar at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C., called Changed to Be the Change.
She will encourage other worship leaders, music teams, and pastors to worship in a way that is more profound than music—and to offer their lives as a sacrifice that can change the world for God’s glory.
Zschech took time to answer some questions about worship and to talk a little about what she’ll be sharing this week at The Cove:
Q/What is worship, and how can believers worship God in their everyday lives?
A/ Simply put, worship is bringing glory to God for who He is. It should always be from the heart, and it will affect every area of our lives. It is far greater than music or song: it is service and sacrifice, although worship in song has been encouraged throughout the scriptures. To be a worshiper is a result of being a lover of God.
Q/What should people do when they don't feel worshipful?
A/ When you do not feel worshipful, to be honest, this is where the beauty of worship kicks in, as it has always been a choice, not based on circumstance, but based on the greatness of God. Hebrews 13:15 talks about bringing our sacrifice of praise, which is the fruit of thankful lips. I believe if you can master the art of being a worshiper at all times, then you have tapped into one of the greatest keys to life we have been given.
a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name
(Hebrews 13:15, NIV).
Q/How can people understand the mercy and justice of God through worship?
A/ To understand the mercy and justice of God is to simply take a glimpse of His nature and character. I am overwhelmed at the scriptures that talk about the God of justice. And that once He has our hearts, tackling injustice wherever we can will be one of greatest acts of worship we can bring.
Worshiping through prayer and song is the starting point, to be changed into His likeness is the result of being in His presence, and to be fueled by His power is the reality of being in His word and loving Him through song. But the end result is being His hands and His feet.
Q/How do you write worship songs? What is your creative process?
A/ This is a big question and one we will be looking at this week ... The creative process is different for everyone, but we will write a song together based on one of the many ways to write a song, and look at how to fine tune those songs that we've already been working on.
Learn more about the worship seminar at The Cove this week! »