Now is a good time to tell you that anytime we do a show, we will do a blog post about it to give you some highlights. For those of you who are more of a reader vs. a listener, this may be perfect! This week, we were our own guests, so it's fairly easy to write on.
First off, we told a little about our worship backgrounds. Toby came into the Messianic movement in 2005 when he was 25 years old. He quickly began playing bass at his congregation at the time, Beth Yeshua in Macon, GA, and felt a deep connection to this style of worship. A few years later, their current worship leader moved on and Toby was asked to be the worship leader. Enter Brooke (me). I have been leading worship since I was 15 years old. I started at my home congregation in Dallas, TX called Baruch HaShem. It was a long road to learn what it meant to really BE a worship leader, and let me tell you, it involved a lot of humbling. By 2009, Toby and i had started dating, right when Toby was named worship leader. I came to Georgia to visit him and that happened to be the week he was leading for the first time. We led together for the first time ever and it was amazing...a true work of God began that day and in more ways than one! Not only did we worship together, but we got engaged, too! God has been unifying our worship ever since then. (Check the archives on our radio show page for the full story!)
Another thing we discussed, and it's a pretty major thing, is how we truly feel about worship. First and foremost, it is about intimacy. We have to believe that God is very close to us and desires to know us and in turn, we have to keep getting to know Him. Our God is a God of the corporate, in that He keeps his covenants and takes care of His people, but He is also a God of the personal and is close to the brokenhearted and taking care of the widow, etc. THAT is where our worship comes from...knowing that He is everything to us and that we are everything to him.
Worship leading is not just getting all dolled up, taking the mic, and blaring your pipes for the world to hear and say "wow, you sing great." No. Worship is battle. 2 Chronicles 20:21 is a perfect example of this: