We talked a bit about the purpose, source and inspiration of the songs that are received and played by anointed musicians, using those in David’s tabernacle as prime examples. Although David appointed three chief musicians to instruct in music and song, I personally believe that he trained them initially in the song of the Lord or prophetic song, since he was the creative force behind the concept.
Do you know who your chief musicians are and do you know how to prepare them to minister effectively to usher in the presence of the Lord?
From my observation, musicians who fully understand their purpose will “hit the nail on the head” every time. They seem to know perceptively which note to play, the intensity and speed and the feeling to be expressed because they are in touch with the throne and downloading and printing out their instructions. Those who are not in touch with the throne tend to be laid back, playing with no energy or apparent interest and lacking the flow of the anointing in their music. The Lord will show them to you if you ask. As they develop in their gifting, the anointing that is on them will become evident in an excellent music team, choirs etc, since the individual (s) are those who instruct in song and music/playing of instruments.
David’s musicians were assigned to play the songs of the Lord. First Chronicles 25: 5-7 indicates that this was a prophetic song. Why song and not poetry? I believe that singing and music excite God and are part of the protocol for entering into His presence (Ps 100:2) and for remaining there (Eph 5:18,19). Moses spake the words of his songs maybe because he lacked instruments. Those who dwell in God’s presence in heaven have no choice because they are always singing. Songs of thanks get God even more excited and cause Him to manifest His presence (His Theophany) in tangible ways.
Jehoshaphat had learnt this secret from his forefather David because while he was king, he maintained the pattern that was laid out (as inferred by 2 Chr 20: 14-22). This scripture shows that God got really angry with their enemies and caused them to mutiny when Judah began to sing and praise. He arose and scattered the multitude of those who tried to take advantage of His people. My favorite songs of thanks are those by Judith McAllister and Ron Kenoly and reflect the words of 2 Chr 20: 21. Paul and Silas ‘ experience in prison also show that God will move heaven and earth to help us when we sing praises in difficult situations (Acts 16). I myself have found this to be quite helpful and a good way to remain emotionally stable and strong during times of trouble. This is why we must bless the Lord at all times,since we keep His attention and keep Him constantly on edge (against our enemies).
Anyway, the songs of the Lord are songs that really belong to God. He only gives us copywriting priviledges, anticipating that we will share those songs for His honor and give Him the glory for any resulting fame or wealth. The songs of the Lord in David’s time were called psalms and David launched the record label by distributing one of his songs (1 Chr 16:7). The songs of the Lord are not about us, really. They are about God’s great power and might, His character, His acts of vengeance on His enemies. If the writer mentions him or herself, it is usually in reference to the revelation of that power and might by the Lord God Almighty.
The songs of the Lord were also sung in scripture by Moses after deliverance at the Red Sea (Ex 15), by Moses to extol God (Deut 31: 30; 32:1-44), by Deborah and Barak on their deliverance from enemies (Judges 5), Hannah when she got a son (1 Sam 2: 1-10), Jehoshaphat (2 Chron 20: 21) and Elisabeth when she heard Mary’s greeting (Lk 2: 41-55). These particular songs were spontaneous, jubilant and celebratory. In the case of David’s musicians, they deliberately sought these songs by spiritual revelation. Revelation 15: 3-4 show that the song of the Lord originates from heaven since the song of Moses was sung there and also called the Song of the Lamb.
The song of the Lord was also called a new song in the Psalms (Ps 33:3; 96:1; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1). An old song can become a new song at the instruction of the Spirit in order to bring blessings to God’s people in a particular season. An example is Elisabeth’s song when she heard Mary since some words can be found in the psalms. In Revelation 14:3, a new song was also sung by and known only to the 144,000 who were martyred in the tribulation. Some songs will evidently mean more to a particular group depending on one’s experience. That is why we need spiritual revelation to sing all of the songs of the Lord.
The song of the Lord should also be sung always in the believer’s heart, as evidence of His manifest presence (Eph 5: 18, 19). Whatever is in the heart will be spoken out of the mouth, since Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. The psalms encourage us to sing these songs loudy, with a voice of triumph and this is also the case in heaven where many of the songs were loud (Rev 5:11-12; 6:10; 7:10; 12:10; 14:2; 19:1,6). I am not implying that all of the songs of the Lord are to be sung loudly.
The 24 elders and angels in Revelation 4 may not have made as much noise as the multitudes who sang the other songs, but I am certain that no fan in the presence of a celebrity will whisper about how wonderful her or she is. There will certainly be some degree of excitement and joy expressed.