For the majority of worship leaders at local churches and houses of prayer for the foreseeable future, this is your reality because of COVID-19:

• You won’t see anyone engaging with you during your set.
• You won’t hear anyone singing with you.
• You won’t see people raising their hands.
• You won’t see anyone standing in agreement.

God alone will be present at your worship times. You will have no choice but to actually minister before an audience of ONE.

That One alone is worthy of all of your worship.

For the majority of worship leaders at local churches and houses of prayer for the foreseeable future, this is your reality... Click To Tweet

Worship has always been all about Him. Though it’s incredible to join together with the body to sing our adoration, you as the worship leader now have an amazing opportunity to recalibrate and refocus your heart to allow your worship to truly be all about ministering before an audience of ONE.

When it’s only Him watching, will you still show up to lead with strength?
When it’s only Him listening, will you still lift your voice and sing with passion?

Let this time reset your heart.

Let this time reset your focus on why you do what you do.

Let us never forget that we’re leading worship for God first and people second. People must always be second.

There is nothing more holy or spiritual about worshipping in an empty room versus a room full of people. But when the room is empty, and it's just you and God, it's a lot easier to get in touch with the true state of your heart. Click To Tweet

There is nothing more holy or spiritual about worshipping in an empty room versus a room full of people. But when the room is empty, and it’s just you and God, it’s a lot easier to get in touch with the true state of your heart. This is a gift of God to us in this time.

When the people, the lights, and everything that could distract you or give you a false sense of being filled is stripped away and it’s just you and your guitar, are you still filled with wonder when you sing?

Whether you’re a worship leader, a student taking online classes, a businessman, or a mom at home with her kids, an empty room is a place ripe for encounter. No room is ever truly empty because of the One who fills all in all.

When the people, the lights, and everything that could distract you or give you a false sense of being filled is stripped away and it's just you and your guitar, are you still filled with wonder when you sing? Click To Tweet

An empty room might feel awkward to us, but consider that one of the deep desires of God has always been to meet with us alone. “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Matthew 6:6).

I pray that in this season, our hearts would echo the cry of our father David who said, “One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, and behold the beauty of the Lord” (Psalms. 27:4).

Let us seize this opportunity to embrace a unique expression of worship with passion and wonder in our hearts, for He is truly worthy.

Huge thanks to my friend Jordan Vanderplate for letting me use this photo of Rocky Mountain National Park, CO. Check out more of his work here.


I’m Justin Rizzo. I enable worship leaders who feel isolated, overworked, and unfocused to experience peace, confidence and create thriving worship communities.

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2 comments

  1. Rebecca Pruitt

    Thank you for this word of encouragement. Before I started being a part of the worship team at church recently I spent more time alone in worship with God and it was easy to spend hours worshipping and pouring my heart out to Him but after a few months on the worship team and spending so much time practicing I lost sight of the worship and it became more of performance. Reading your blog is reminder to me to continue seeking His face especially in such a difficult time. I am believing that the more I seek Him and worship Him during this time that I am not being busy with church practices I will once again lay down all walls around my heart and let Him come and minister to me as well. Blessings to you for sharing your heart with others and reminding us what worship is truly all about.

    1. Justin Rizzo

      Thanks so much for sharing, Rebecca. I’m sure many can relate to what you’re saying. I know I did.

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