Blog: Seven Pillars of an Effective Church – Part 4

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The fourth pillar of an effective church? Prophetic Worship.

1 Chronicles 25:1-7(NKJV)

25 Moreover David and the captains of the army separated for the service some of the sons of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals. And the number of the skilled men performing their service was: Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah; the sons of Asaph were under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied according to the order of the king.

Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the direction of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp to give thanks and to praise the Lord. Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to exalt his horn. For God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.
All these were under the direction of their father for the music in the house of the Lord, with cymbals, stringed instruments, and harps, for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the authority of the king. So the number of them, with their brethren who were instructed in the songs of the Lord, all who were skillful, was two hundred and eighty-eight.

Whew! There’s a lot to unpack there. What I want to focus on for the purpose of this article is that the scripture says they are to prophesy with harps, psalteries, and with cymbals. That word prophesy there is nabi in the Hebrew, Strong’s Concordance Reference 5030. It means that they were literally spokesmen, speakers and prophets. The instruments were to be used to declare God’s glory, and the men in charge of doing so were prophesying through those instruments.

That is so very different from a fixed liturgical order.

When the Spirit of God begins to move through the musicians and minstrels, a prophetic flow is created. Sometimes the Spirit gives inspiration on the spot. Sometimes songs are written in the moment. Sometimes it’s time to dance, so a more rhythmic atmosphere needs to be created. Sometimes it’s time to be very quiet and still, and so, soft playing is required. The key is that it’s all lead by the Holy Spirit for whatever He wants to create in that particular and unique service. When we are bound to a traditional order of service, a preset selection of songs, and a limited amount of time to worship, we in effect quench the Spirit. That is why so many churches complain of dull, dead, repetitive worship.

It’s because it is not Prophetic. It is not being led by the Holy Spirit and created in the moment. And it is only worship that is Spirit led and flowing from the Prophetic that makes the people and the worship space become filled with the glory of God.

This is obviously a very broad topic, and more needs to be said. It will address it again in detail in later materials. For now, understand that Prophetic Worship is one of the foundational pillars that you need for your church to b effective.

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