Worship has been nothing short of impactful this week. Each night of camp, our campers and counselors come together to worship the One who has created them. This time is set apart from the rest of camp for the campers to experience the Lord through song. The Ranch camp has been incredibly blessed this summer with it’s band. We asked our band members to individually give their perspective on worship this summer…
Worship this summer has been nothing short of an incredible blessing. Honestly, it started as a bit of a stressor at camp, because our band had never met each other – certainly not played music together – before camp started. The first lesson the Lord used worship to teach me was His sovereignty over it. Without practice, we would often get up on stage to lead worship we felt very unprepared for. This has a been a constant theme of our worship, but also of camp this summer and a lesson in living: God is the one that moves – through his Spirit – and not us. For worship, it doesn’t matter what we play or how we sound (although we are called to use our skills to play well – Psalms 33:3), but that the Lord is being experienced because He is among us doing work.
Club at Pine Cove looks a lot different than your normal church service. There are hand motions, dancing, and lots and lots of jumping. It is my favorite part of the day, not just because I get to have a blast playing guitar and jumping along with the kids, but because I get to worship the Lord as David did; and dance as I imagine he danced way back in the day. 2 Samuel 6 talks about David bringing the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. In verses 14 and 15 it says, “Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.” Every time I have the opportunity to play at Club, I seek to worship the Lord as David did, with all my might. There are days when I feel like I have less might than others, but in times of physical exhaustion I remember that the Lord is my strength and He is the one who gives me the energy to dance with all my might. Camp teaches me that worshiping the Lord is a time when I get to strengthen my faith and grow in my understanding of God’s provision for my life. As I pour out what I have to offer the Lord, whether that is cleaning a dirty plate after lunch or praising Him through music during Club, He fills me back up so I can continue to pour myself out. There is a lot I could share about what camp has taught me about worship, but I would like to end with just one passage of scripture from Hebrews that always reminds me what I should be doing in my role as band member this summer. Hebrews 13:15-16 says, “Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
In 1 Samuel 16 David plays the lyre for Saul when Saul struggled with lots of stuff. It says that David, through his worship and music, calmed Saul down. The incredible part of worship music is that God uses us for that same purpose all of the time. Lots of campers come to camp with lots of burdens and we, through the power of the holy spirit, can give these kids rest. I am constantly amazed by how faithful God is to use use as a worship team every night. Our lives are called to be worship unto the Lord, it is such a blessing to, for a brief time, tangibly sing and play that worship to Him.
Worship at The Ranch this summer has been phenomenal. Week in and week out God continued to humble me by the experiences He has put me through. For example, one night my bass drum head broke while I was playing and I panicked for a split second. Then a peace that I cannot comprehend came over me and instantly I focused on the fact that God was in control of that, and every moment that I go through. God has taught me this summer that even when things happen on stage that seem to be unexplainable and not the way I plan, God is still in control of that moment and there is a reason and a purpose behind whatever happens. There is no doubt in my mind that God moved the night my base drum head broke even though the events that transpired were not according to my plan. Resting in God’s sovereignty is difficult, but through it He has grown my faith and continues to stretch me day in and day out.
Day in and day out circumstances and situations change, but the Lord is constant. In camp and apart from camp, the Lord is the same. His impact and power is sovereign over all circumstances, regardless of location.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever”
Ranch Media Team