In my previous post, I talked about how Worship Leaders are Teachers, both on and off the platform.

Whether you lead at a small group with no team or at a church with a full-fledged worship department, you are teaching the people around you.

About ten years ago, I came across this verse in Jeremiah 3:15 that says the Lord will raise up shepherds after His heart who will feed people with knowledge and understanding.

This verse is of course speaking of David, the man after God’s own heart.

As a worship leader this verse caught my attention because David was a songwriter and a worship leader. 

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I’d never asked myself am I leading people with knowledge and understanding. Honestly, I had no idea what that even meant. But I thought if this verse said God’s going to raise people up to lead like this, I should probably figure it out. 

What does it mean to feed people with knowledge and understanding?

This verse isn’t talking about mere head knowledge or the ability to rattle off Bible verses. It speaks of an experiential knowing that those we influence receive.

No one wants to be led by a walking concordance or a preacher of sermons. We already have preachers who preach and we have concordances to help us study the Word. Instead, Jeremiah is talking about leaders who lead from a place of personal experience, encounter, and knowledge of who God is.

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Leading people with knowledge and understanding isn’t something you choose to do or not do. You’re doing it right now whether you know it or not.

Each one of us, through our own life experiences and history with God, have formed beliefs about who He is, who we are, and what life is all about. Whether good or bad, we each have a worldview that we’re constantly feeding our friends, family, and those we lead.

Your ability to feed those you’re leading with the knowledge and understanding of Christ comes down to the minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, daily decisions you make to pray, talk to God, and feed on His words.

What are you feeding your team? Your congregation? Your family?

I’d love to hear from you.

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I'm Justin Rizzo - worship leader, songwriter and recording artist. I want to help you achieve your highest potential and walk out with confidence everything you've been made for.

2 comments

  1. Hey Justin!

    I was reading through Proverbs today and came across Proverbs 2:6 that says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING.” It reminded me of your post and I thought I’d just share the verse to see if it’d give you any new insight. I love that simply talking to our Jesus and hearing his voice enables us to have knowledge and understanding! This is where I have found my growth in knowledge and understanding substantial. Knowing God’s voice in every situation leads to knowing His heart and character. So cool, so simple, anyone can do it.