When I was a little girl, I heard my parents say one thing over and over.
“We’re singing unto the Lord.”
When Mom said this phrase, her New York accent would take over, and it sounded more like, “We’re singing unto the Lor-ed.” (I have no idea how to make that sound like a New York accent. They don’t pronounce the “r”. ) Either way, the message came across clearly.
We were not performing for the praise of men, but rather, we were singing for God’s glory while ministering to people’s hearts. This was the foundation for everything we did. But for some of us (like me), singing on stage produced a lot of stage fright. I had to be constantly reminded of the simple fact that I was singing for Him.
If you want to help prepare your child for ministering on stage, begin at the beginning.
Teach your child that singing on stage is not about them; singing on stage is about worshiping the Lord.
Some children love the limelight. Others (like me) prefer to hide in the shadows. Maybe you have a child who is uninhibited, while another child barely speaks. You want them to use their talents, but they are either too cocky or too shy about being on stage.
One thing must be clear in their minds: ministering in music is a great privilege and singing for the Lord is one of the greatest blessings to be found. If they can understand this important principle, they will be less focused on themselves and more focused on the message of the song. They will grasp the deeper purpose of why they are singing–to bring praise and honor to Jesus.
King Jehoshaphat understood the importance of singing unto the Lord. In 2 Chronicles 20:21-22, we find these words:
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
The singers praised the beauty of holiness, and as they continued singing, the Lord fought Israel’s battle for them.
Your child may not understand all of the implications of their singing, but you can teach them that music is a vital part of any service. Who knows? Someone in the congregation may be facing a battle and may need to learn to thank God in advance for the victory. Someone may need to comprehend the beauty of holiness, or may need strength for the lonely path they are walking, or may need peace for their soul. As your child sings to the Lord, they are ministering, as well. Their music can touch a hard heart or bring joy to a weary heart.
But ultimately, teach them that singing on stage is all about Him.