These are the men David put in charge of the music in the house of the Lord after the ark came to rest there. They ministered with music before the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, until Solomon built the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem. They performed their duties according to the regulations laid down for them. 1 Chronicles 6:31-32

Music has always been an important part of worship. David was a musician and first came to the palace in this capacity, because he played well (1 Samuel 16:14-23).

David put together a group of men in charge of music after the ark came to rest there. These men plus their sons served there. However, they were more than musicians—they were part of the priestly tribe—Levi (verse 48). Chosen not just for their musical ability, but according to God’s call on their life.

Today, in our church gatherings, there’s a big difference between being a capable musician, and being someone who can lead others into worship. A competent musician will play well, but that doesn’t automatically qualify them to lead worship. They may not have the ability to encourage people to engage with God through their music. In fact, some play so well it distracts people from worshipping. Others are so concerned about playing the music perfectly, they forget their role is to create an atmosphere of worship.

For a skilful musician to become an effective worship leader, they must grow in their relationship with God so they understand the difference between good music and good worship. A worship leader ought to draw people into the presence of God.

If you’re going to lead people in worship, as well as being a good musician, there has to be a calling.