I have a confession... I'm not always as confident as I seem.
I've been working in the studio on my upcoming EP, Mile After Mile (and I can't wait to share the songs with you!!!). My producer, Elthon Mendoza, has been doing amazing and carried the bulk of the load so far with arranging, producing, and orchestrating all the music but now it's time to start the process of recording my vocals and I must admit... I'm nervous.
When I'm on stage leading worship I almost never get nervous but for some reason, when I step up to that microphone in the studio, my vocal cords constrict and what comes out sounds like some half-hearted, unsure, pitchy version of the me I'm used to. I get scared and I croak.
Why? What makes it different?
I could go into the many things that make singing in a studio different than singing live, but it really boils down to the fact that I'm afraid that people won't like my songs, or my voice, and I'll have done all this work and recorded this EP in vain, only to be embarrassed.
Why would I tell you all this? Because my guess is that you've either been there or you're there now, right along with me. Maybe you can relate to the uncertainty. If so, I want to share something with you that deeply encouraged me.
There's an inspiring passage of scripture in Psalm 27, verses 1-3.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.
I don't have physical people surrounding me coming against me to "eat up my flesh," but I do have a spiritual enemy, the Devil, that whispers lies into my ear like, "you're not good enough" or "no one will like you." And to those lies I say, "God has called me to this!" He is on my side, so whom shall I fear? Of whom shall I be afraid?
When we align ourselves with God and His perspective, the enemy has no power over us. Whatever lies the enemy is whispering to you today, I encourage you to catch them before they take hold and firmly replace them with the truth of God's Word. When your confidence is wearing thin, let your confidence be in God.
I can't wait to get into the studio again and sing my heart out... and stick it to the devil. And you know what? You can be confident today too!