I want to begin with 3 scripture texts and try with the Lord’s help to bring forth an understanding of why anointed music in your worship experience and in your personal life, is crucial. to your spiritual well-being.Let’s begin with our first text: II Kings 3:14-15;
And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee. 15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.
Second text: II Chronicles 20:22
22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. ( NIV).
Third text: II Chronicles 5:13-14
13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good;
his love endures forever.”
Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud,
14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God. read more »
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by Permission of Biblica, Inc.It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD; 14 So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of God.
You might be saying, "This doesn’t affect me." "I am not a singer or a musician."
Apparently neither was Elisha! But, it does affect you! The prophet Elisha said, "Now bring me a minstrel." While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha and that is very significant.
I want to try and make us see how important music is to ministry.
In Old Testament times music often accompanied prophecy (1 Chronicles 25:1). There were many ways to contribute to the worship in the Tabernacle. Some proclaimed God’s messages, some offered thanks and praise, and others played instruments (25:6-7). Jubal was the father of all musicians, (Genesis 4:21). Miriam and other women sang and danced to praise God (Exodus 15:1-21). The priest was to have bells on his robes (Exodus 28:34, 35). Jericho fell to the sound of horns (Joshua 6:4-20). Saul experienced the soothing effect of music, I Samuel 16:23
Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him. (1 Samuel 16:14-23). The king’s coronation was accompanied by music, (1 Kings 1:39-40). The Ark was accompanied by trumpets, 1 Chronicles 16:6).
In the New Testament, worship continued in the synagogue until the Christians became unwelcomed there, so there was a rich musical heritage already established. The fact that music is mentioned less often in the New Testament does not mean it was less important. Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn; Matthew 30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial. - Jesus and the disciples sang a hymn at the last supper.
Paul and Silas sang in jail. We are to sing to the Lord as a response to what he has done in our lives. Listen to Paul’s words in Ephesians 5:1919: “Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.
Here is another Scripture that speaks to the importance of music in our lives and in our worship experience: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
The word psalm means a song accompanied with music. We are told over and over again in the scripture to lift up our voice and to make music unto the Lord, in both the old and new testaments. Music is so important that we are told in the Word to include it in our worship and praise. AT THE SOUND OF ANOINTED MUSIC DEVILS BACK UP! If the devil has been hanging around in our home, maybe we should see what kind of music and what kind of atmosphere we are setting forth there.
Why did Elisha call for a musician? If we look back into the text, we find that he was called into a mess, and he was aggravated. The music helped seal off all the outside distractions and unbelief around Elisha, and brought him into a frame of mind and spirit where he could receive from the Lord. Sometimes the Lead worship leader has to sing the same song over and over again until the Lord releases him or her to sing something different. I have been to First Church of the Living God on number occasions and sat through the praise and worship session. Sometimes I wondered why Minister Margret, would keep signing the same song lyrics over and over again. And then it hit me! She was breaking off the demonic spirits, hindrances, distractions, pressure, heaviness, of whatever the saints carried into the sanctuary, and she was determined in her spirit not to go beyond what the Holy Spirit allowed her to do in that one worship moment. After a while, you could feel chains broken off the people and the true spirit of worship entered the building, making it easy for the man or woman of God to preach the gospel.
In our first text (II Kings 3:14-15),
14 Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you.
15 But now bring me a harpist.”
While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came on Elisha read more »
THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by Permission of Biblica, Inc.® All rights reserved wowe saw music used to push back the cares and unbelief of the world and prepare Elisha to hear from the Lord. In our second text we saw how singing and praising and worship in music brought intervention by God’s hand. I hope you are following this closely now, because this gets very exciting! In our third text we saw what happened when the musicians and singers became as one and lifted up their voice with the cymbals and instruments and praised.
IT BROUGHT A MANIFESTATION OF THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD!
How much power is in music and praise? Acts 16:25-26
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises and it brought the manifestation of their miracle. Psalms 32:7 says, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
This psalm speaks of songs of deliverance. We have already read how when David played on the harp, the evil spirit departed Saul. Anointed music in our worship service has the power to push back those spirits that might come to bind a service. As with Paul and Silas, there is power in anointed music to set us free.
We should at this point mention that it is important to realize that if the anointed music of God has power to set us free and to bring us into a place of praise where we can receive from God, that the music of the world and the music of the devil also has an effect on our spirit, and also causes certain manifestations. It also has a certain drawing power, and a certain effect on our spirit. I hope you can say Amen to that, and realize it is important what we feed our spirit on, and what the atmosphere is in our home.
SPIRITUALITY OF MUSIC; MUSIC IN CHURCH AND WORSHIP IS NEVER, NEVER, NEVER TO BE CONSIDERED ENTERTAINMENT!
Music is spiritual in nature. All music affects your spirit in one way or another. Songs of darkness bring a manifestation of that realm. We immediately begin to point our finger at hard rock and such, and rightly so, but saints have sung songs in church that are so unscriptural and full of death and darkness, (“I’m Climbing Up The rough side of The Mountain “for ex.), that they are as deadly to our spirit and our worship as any hard rock song, because they have been accepted and the danger is more hidden. They are songs of defeat, sorrow, trial, and affliction.
The Bible says in Isaiah 51:1111 Those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.
herefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. Be aware of the words we sing, because we are snared by the words of our mouth. Sometimes we are very careful about the words of our confession where our health, and so in, is concerned, but then we turn around and sing some song of defeat all day until it creeps into our spirit. We should be singing: I HAVE BEEN REDEEMED and THE JOY OF THE LORD IS MY STRENGTH.
In closing, I hope these words will cause singers and musicians, those who lead praise and worship in our churches, to realize the importance of their calling, in reaching the lost and in helping to bring the church to a place of entering in to God’s presence. You can’t sing the devils’ songs on Saturday night in the “club,” and jump in the pulpit on Sunday morning singing, “We bring the Sacrifice of Praise Into the House of the Lord.”
I hope this information will cause the rest of the body to realize that it is important that the special singers and musicians in our service be anointed, and that the music and the songs that we listen to in our everyday life have a great effect on our spiritual strength.
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