Yesterday I ended by talking about using anointed musical accompaniment as a means for ushering in the presence of God and for receiving spiritual revelation.

Note that 1 Kings 3: 15 b says that the spirit of the Lord came upon Elisha when the minstrel played, “and he said, thus saith the Lord”.

This technique can be applied by anyone in any setting who wants to know what the Lord has to say (i.e by anyone who needs spiritual revelation of any sort).

Elisha was facing a real life, practical situation. The king of Israel wanted to know if he should go to war against another nation? Can we recommend this to the President? Does he trust the word of the Lord? I suspect that Elisha mainly used the technique because he was exasperated with the king of Israel and just did not have the energy to give him a word because the king served other idols instead of the true and living God (see verse 13).

Additionally, the Lord wanted it documented in scripture as an important tool in spiritual revelation since Elisha did not use it incidentally. Moreover, the Lord is saying that he used the technique out of due respect for Jehoshaphat the righteous king who was present and had maintained the pattern of using musicians and singers in worship and who had received battle strategy from a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph (2 Chron 20: 14).

Singers, worshippers, pastors, apostles, teachers, evangelists, deacons etc can apply Elisha’s technique to accomplish the Lord’s own purposes, for example, when the presence of the Lord needs to come into a place (some places are dry ground) for the salvation of souls, deliverances etc.  This is a useful technique for worship teams particularly when the Holy Spirit is moving on the team to sing the song of the Lord in what one can call “free style”:

  • At these times, there is usually a flow in this direction and the team leader at the time may find him or herself extolling the Lord in short repeated phrases or an entirely new song in some cases.
  • It is therefore incumbent on the leader to sing what the Lord wants and on the members of the team (other singers and musicians to follow along).
  • The congregations or listeners should follow the leading of the Holy Spirit on the leader and extol the Lord by either singing what they hear or by repeating phrases that are related to what they hear.
  • For example, if the leader (s) sing “he is worthy, he is worthy”, the congregation of team can respond with those exact words or with words like “yeah”, “halelujah, halelujah” using appropriate timing if the Spirit leads you in that direction.
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