Wayne Grudem, research professor of Bible and theology at Phoenix Seminary makes an excellent point on the topic of worship in his book on Systematic Theology (2000, Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-28670-0). He asks the question, “How can we enter into genuine worship?” Grudem states:
“An attitude of worship comes upon us when we begin to see God as he is and then respond to his presence. Even in heaven the seraphim who behold God’s glory cry out, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory” (Is. 6:3). When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, and then saw the wind cease when he got into the boat, “those in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God’” (Matt. 14:33). The author of Hebrews knows that when we come into the presence of God (Heb. 12:18-24), the proper response is to “offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:28-29). Therefore genuine worship is not something that is self-generated or that can be worked up within ourselves. It must rather be the outpouring of our hearts in response to a realization of who God is.
It is appropriate to ask whether there is much genuine, deep, heartfelt worship in our churches. In many evangelical churches people do no truly worship God in their hearts until the last hymn, after the sermon has focused their attention on who God is so that they begin to rejoice in God with a heart full of praise. But then, just when heartfelt worship has begun, the service abruptly ends. It should be just beginning! If genuine worship is lacking in our churches, we should ask how we can bring ourselves to experience much more of the depth and riches of worship, which is the natural response of the believing heart to a clear awareness of God’s presence and character.” (Grudem, p. 1010-1011)
I think Grudem makes an excellent point and that the task of the worship leader is to help the people realize the great God that we worship. We can help them do this by filling our services with Scripture. Let the Scripture speak of this great God that we worship. We must also make sure our songs rightly portray the God of the Bible and not some lesser god. We can not make people have genuine worship but as worship leaders we can certainly help them to see the Great God that we do worship!