4 Questions with Ben Woodward (@benwmusic)
This is a part of our new series of posts called “4 Questions”. It’s a quick 4 question interview with the artists that are on the All About Worship Collective 3 – a free compilation of corporate worship song.
AAW: Tell us the story behind the song "Running into Your Name"
Ben: This song was written as the result of a book I was writing on prayer and the names of God (the book is called "The Power of Proclamation"). For many years God has been speaking to me about his character and His name. Understanding and then beginning to stand on the truth of His name resulted in some powerful miracles in my life and as a result I wrote this song called "Running Into Your Name". It is more than just a worship song for me, it is a reminder of where my victory lies and a reminder of the power of His name and His character to redeem our circumstances and futures.
AAW: What is your favorite instrument and why?
Ben: I love to play the piano, especially if it is a big grand piano in an old church. My favorite worship experience was playing an old Steinway grand piano in a church auditorium in Norway. What I love about grand pianos is the way you can literally feel the music as you play it, it's awesome!
AAW: What is your favorite scripture related to worship?
Ben: I think the pre-eminent scripture on worship is John 4:23-24. You can't do any better than studying what Jesus had to say about worship. He defines worship in a way that would offend most of our modern thought, especially as it relates to our terminology. I think Jesus would be concerned with the way we define worship in most modern churches. He brings it back to the core - worship is only real when it is engaged in spirit and truth. That will both broaden and narrow our modern view of worship if we let it.
AAW: If you could say one thing to every worship leader in the world before they get up to lead worship this weekend, what would it be?
Ben: Every time we step on stage we have an opportunity and a responsibility to open up the door for people to hear the voice of God. Beyond excellence in musicality, beyond setlists and slide shows, beyond lights, videos and sound equipment is a responsibility to be a vessel that opens the door for the Holy Spirit and then gets out of the way.
Most of the world lives in a constant battle. They are assaulted on every side with every kind of noise - depression, anxiety, stress, worry, concern, immorality, temptation etc. It is a constant battle just to overcome the noise. What we get to do when we lead worship, is create a place where the noise stops. We create an atmosphere where light exists and darkness can't follow. In that place, we give people an opportunity to hear the voice of God. His voice is what they need to hear, not ours. His voice carries the power to change circumstances, not our good ideas or songs.
Look at what Psalm 29 says:
1 Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon leap like a calf,
Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert;
the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks
and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
As we worship the Lord, as we ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name, we create a place where His voice can be heard. This voice gives strength to His people and blesses His people with peace. When you step on stage, you are making a way for the voice of God to be heard. You are giving an opportunity for the noise to cease and people, maybe for the very first time, to encounter the God that loves them and is for them. That is a huge responsibility but a huge blessing. Remember that when you step on stage this weekend.
Ben Woodward is an Australian singer/songwriter, a husband and a soon to be father of three. He travels frequently leading worship and teaching on prayer and worship all across the world. He currently resides in Roseville, CA and is the Worship Pastor at The Rock of Roseville. For more information check out: www.benwoodwardmusic.comComment on Facebook Comment on Twitter
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