A few months ago, I shared a video of my not-so-glorious moment at Hillsong, where my aspirations to be seen all over the live worship DVD turned into a 3-second slice of humble pie. I was expecting a great experience singing for the world and didn’t get it.
A couple days after I posted the video online, I was tucking in our two boys when our seven-year-old asked, “Dad, will you sing us a song?” Now, it’s certainly not unusual for me to sing them a song before going to bed, but the innocence of this request, for some reason, caught my attention. I realized that no matter who would ever hear me sing on a worship track, or see me singing in a big arena, it is an honor to have my children want me to sing for them!
The same is true in worship. It’s cliché to say we sing to an audience of One, especially when it often tends to ring hollow. After all, there are albums to be recorded and audiences to impress, right? But if we take a step back from all that, our Heavenly Father is listening for our voice, rising to Him in song.
What’s more, our Father sings right back to us.
“The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)
What a beautiful picture – a father singing over his children and delighting to hear them sing back. As we honor fathers this weekend, know that we have a Heavenly Father who delights in us, is always listening, and is always rejoicing over us.