“Honor a prophet in the name of a prophet and you will receive a prophet’s reward.” (Matt 10:41)
Honor a worshipper and you will also receive a worshipper’s reward.
Ask me who my favorite singer, musician, or worship leader is and you’ll get some moments of silence.
Because I don’t have one. I have many.
With all the wonderful and inspiring musicians out there, why pick just one? (I’ll leave that “picking just one” for the case of choosing a partner in life. Oh. And of course that discipler.)
Well, this is just my own opinion. Affected most probably by my somewhat impartial nature. Anyway. Back to the question. I won’t be able to give you a single answer. But maybe I’ll be able to give you five.
Or more. But for now let’s go with five.
I admire many worship leaders, but being a biased female, I’ll present my top five in the women worship leaders category. Okay, I’m not really gender-biased. I just feel greater kinship to women (what with life and experiences) – thus the lean towards the feminine. But don’t worry, I’ll write another post about male worship leaders next time.
The women in the list below have sung and written songs which have made significant impacts at various points in my life. Their lives are also testimonies, and I share them to you with the intention of getting (and leaking out) the worshipper’s rewards.
So, in no particular order, here goes.
1. Misty Edwards
Known for: Favorite One, Strings, Relentless
My personal faves: Just in Time, Vow, Fling Wide, What does love look like?
Fell in love back in 2006 because of Favorite One. I am astounded by the depth of this woman and by the depth of her revelation of God as a Lover looking for a lover. For years, her songs have inspired me to dig deeper.
Deep is calling out to deep is calling out to deep (3x)
Yesterday’s depth is feeling really shallow
I’ve gotta go deeper, deeper, deeper still
And all Your waves and all Your billows crash over me
Pulling me deep, deep, deeper
From glory to glory, from strength to strength
From depth to depth, I want to fellowship with You
(Misty Edwards, Soul Cry)
2. Bethany Dillon
Known for: Beautiful, Dreamer, All I Need
My personal faves: Stop and Listen, Revolutionaries, Lead me on, For my Love, Are you sure
Website/blog/whatever: http://www.bethanydillon.com/, http://bethanydillon.wordpress.com/
Started recording at age 13, got her happily ever after at 19, had Lucy Barnard at 22… This girl is amazing! She’s an awesome talent as well. I love the huskiness in her voice, the poetry in her lyrics – basically how words just tumble out into beautifully crafted lines.
My faith feels like a furnace of loneliness
My rescue is invisible for now
But I can’t seem to shake this hope so dangerous
I will love and follow You, Unseen God
(Bethany Dillon, Come Find Me)
I also love how she writes about everyday life as well, or rather how we reach out to God as we go on with our daily lives. Really. Stop and Listen was my most played track during my oh-so-busy days.
3. Rita Springer
Known for: Worth it All, Fragrant Offering, Created to Worship
My personal faves: Intimate Stranger, You Still Have My Heart, What About God?
Of all the women in this list, Rita Springer, by far amazes me the most. She’s had her share of burdens – tumors in her uterus, singleness, betrayal… But she’s had greater breakthroughs still – an adopted African son named Justice, the DIVE School of Worship, and of course the numerous songs that have touched numerous lives.
I have to believe that He sees my darkness
I have to believe He knows my pain
I have to lift up my hands to worship
Worship His name
He said that He’s forever faithful
He said that He’s forever true
He said that He can move mountains
If He can move mountains
He can move my mountain, He can move your mountain too
(Rita Springer, I have to Believe)
4. Vicky Beeching
Known for: Captivated, Yesterday Today and Forever
My personal faves: All that I need, Break our Hearts, Join the Song, 26 Summers
Theologically grounded, technologically advanced… Okay I’m no Oxford School of Theology graduate, but I can relate to Vicky Beeching when it comes to being a tech geek. When she’s not singing her heart out to God, Vicky maintains blogs and websites aimed to inspire and equip women worship leaders. She also keeps a blog filled with cyber stuff, exploring questions about God, the Church, and theology, and how technology fits into all of these things.
And really. I’ve loved this girl since All that I need – a song that I sing whenever questions about tomorrow flood my heart.
Every mountain I face
Every step of this race
I have nothing to fear
For Jesus You are here
All that I need to know for tomorrow
All that I need to know for today
Is that you’ll be with me each moment
Holding me close to you every step of the way
(Vicky Beeching, All that I need)
5. Kari Jobe
Known for: Revelation Song, No Sweeter Name, I’m Singing
My personal faves: You are for me, Pure, Singing over me, Joyfully, Everyone Needs a Little
One of the sweetest worshippers with that equally sugary voice. She’s swept us away, shown us to the sanctuary, and told the world that there’s no sweeter name than the name of Jesus. Loved her because of Beautiful, and loved her even more when a friend gave me a CD with her songs – songs that helped me get through a lot of dark and stormy days.
In addition to all that… I truly admire her for her down to earth nature. She wears mismatching socks, squeals and giggles, and takes pictures of anything and everything. I love this gal.
Come and find
Peace everyone needs a little
Rest everyone needs a little
Joy and a song to sing in the darkest night
Life even when it gets you down
Hope will turn it all around
But love is the greatest of these
Everyone needs a little
(Kari Jobe, Everyone Needs a Little)
So. I hope you are blessed by this short list of levites. Really, you’ll learn morea bout them and receive more of the worshipper’s anointing as you listen to their songs and even perhaps go to their sites.
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So now, this levite is signing off and leaving you with a video and a little song of her own. The musical influences from the aforementioned list really show. :D