Interview with David Whitworth, part 2
Interview with David Whitworth, part 2
Today I'll be continuing my interview with David Whitworth, a drummer at IHOP-KC. If you have not yet read part 1 of David's interview, be sure to read it here.
Josh: Hi David, good to have you back for a few more questions! I know the first round of your answers really encouraged some people. Let's jump right in and hit a somewhat controversial topic for Christian musicians - secular music. Do you have any thoughts on it? What is your personal experience?
David: I remember when I was back in Texas playing drums for my church, I would always find myself in a paradox. I would spend most of my week listening to anything and everything. Then I would come into church to play and my spirit would feel dull. It never occurred to me that I was feeling this way because of what I was listening to. When I came to IHOP I felt the Lord invite me into a season of consecrating my ears. I remember so clearly my "iTunes D-Day" 4 years ago. I deleted all of my secular music from my computer and immediately felt something lift. I felt a nearness from the Lord. From that point on I have experienced so much more of the Lord's heart while playing. I feel so much more clarity and boldness when I play. It has enabled me to prophesy with confidence. I know that the Lord is raising up singers and musicians who are doing the same thing - consecrating their eyes and ears. They are ones that would cultivate their gifts before the Lord, ones that would commune with the Holy Spirit and not get influence from the world but from Heaven.
Josh: For sure man. I believe Jesus is looking for musicians who love Jesus in everything - including the music they listen to. The way of the cross doesn't take a backseat with music. He has chosen the weak things to make the strong look foolish! So in our last round of questions, we talked a little bit about prophecy and music. I'm sure you've had some memorable moments in a worship gathering. Describe the most powerful musical moment you've had.
David: Well I've had quite a few. Actually you were a part of one Josh! Before I came to my first onething conference in Kansas City back in 2006, I was so used to the three minute and thirty second corporate church song with the intro/verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus – then it's over. Not that that is bad, but I was just so used to it. So back at the end of 2006, I was in Kansas City on the floor at Municipal Auditorium waiting for Merchant Band (the worship team on stage) to start the service. Then you played a pad sound on your keyboard for the intro to Tim Reimherr's song “Come and Let Your Presence” . And it just kept going and going and going…… and going..…and going…. And going. No one sang or seemed to care about making the song just like it was on the CD. Y'all were waiting on the Holy Spirit to come. I could feel the Spirit so strongly. At that moment worship made sense to me at a whole new level. I knew it wasn’t about the band, the lights, or the hype, but about a man named Jesus. I was experiencing "presence worship". And little did I know 3 days later I would have a life changing encounter that would bring me to IHOP.
Josh: Whoa! That's awesome! I had no idea I was a part of that! Thank you Lord! Well now I have had the privilege of watching you and worshipping with you from the floor as you play, and I've had some powerful moments myself because of the team you're playing with right now. Could you tell us a little bit about Cory Asbury's team and how you've developed as a prophetic musician because of it?
David: My experience on Cory's team has been pretty awesome. There is so much I have learned. Cory is always encouraging us to prophesy on our instruments. As the drummer I'm always communing with the Holy Spirit and asking for a “nudge" or creative idea at that moment. It looks different each time, but when its happening you know it. As a team we have learned to play as one unit. With so much sound coming from Bob Powers (electric guitar), Caleb Culver (keys) and James Wells (bass), it would sound like a cluttered mess if we had not learned to play together. So we listen to each other and move together. Having a worship leader that is confident in you makes things easier as well. Bob, James, Cory and Caleb are amazing talented prophetic musicians and have stretched me and made me better. Most of all the songs that we write or on albums were born from the prophetic "swirls" or "selahs", times where we develop musical ideas and ask the Holy Spirit to breathe on them. I have tons of fun playing with these guys!
Josh: I love that. So do you practice at all outside of your IHOP-KC worship sets?
David: Practicing is vital! As prophetic musicians we must sharpen our tools, and keep them sharpened. We need to be able to communicate what the Lord is saying at any given moment. Some practicals are keeping your practice times consistently and having goals. Keeping your practice times the same every week will help you see progress, even if its only 30 minutes a day. Even with a crazy busy schedule I try to practice about 6 hours a week.
Josh: Thanks so much David! It's been a pleasure having you.
If you have a question for David, you can leave a comment on this blog and David may respond to you. You can follow David on Twitter and Facebook, and you can watch him on the IHOP-KC web stream in the evenings with Cory Asbury's team.