Ministering with Sound
"Music is very powerful because it is an expression, and particularly so because it relates to the emotions which are the most powerful feelings of all . . . Find a skilled, Spirit-led musician who can play prophetically over an individual, and we have a most powerful weapon of warfare that every musician should be aspiring to . . "
Holy Spirit ministry functions through many and varied means. One of the not so common today is that of musicians prophesying on their instruments: that is, the ability to play prophetically on their instruments in such a way as to release the anointing to the people. As they play, others are inspired to prophesy and release the revelation of God out of their lives!
A musician's qualifications lies not in their skill, but in the spiritual discernment, sensitivity and obedience to their calling . . . The role of the musician is that of a ministering role; it is not merely to play a few nice choruses" (Kerry Wright).
"There is a spiritual communication that greatly transcends any form of communication. It is profound and more meaningful than human words are able to articulate. Somehow it is a pure communication of the heart and mind together, and it is so pure that there is no possibility of misunderstanding. " (Excerpt from "The Final Quest Vision" by Rick Joyner).
I see prophetic ministry, prophetic music and prophetic singing as being like that. It reaches far beyond the realm of our natural ability or understanding and lifts us into the very presence of God through the enabling of the Holy Spirit anointing being released out of us.
Music -- the right kind of music -- can play a very important role in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Bible reveals that people were moved to prophesy with and under the blessing of musical instruments:
The company of prophets had musical instruments with them when they prophesied:
1 Samuel 10:5-6
After that you shall come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is. And it will happen, when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with a stringed instrument, tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them; and they will be prophesying.
A harp was played by David to drive the evil spirit away from King Saul:
1 Samuel 16:14+23
But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the Lord troubled him.
And so it was, whenever the spirit [the distressing spirit] from [from, not OF] God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.
The anointing came on Elisha when the stringed instrument was played . . . and he prophesied:
2 Kings 3:15
" . . . But now bring me a musician”. Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO PROPHESY?
Prophesying is all about ministering by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. It is more than natural talent and ability. It is the co-operating with the purposes of God to express -- by word and deed -- that which He desires. As we recognize His leading in our lives we can yield to, and co-operate with, the anointing of the Spirit to release His supernatural purposes in a gathering. It is functioning under divine inspiration and revelation of the Holy Spirit to do that which He wants done. When that is happening the presence of Jesus becomes a blessed reality. The church is edified and needs are met as we flow with the Spirit of truth!
My heart is to see our musicians and singers -- both official and unofficial -- released to fulfill their destiny in God. My prayer is that we Christian Leaders will set the platform for them to launch more and more into the prophetic realm, prophesying with their voices and with their instruments. They, in turn, will release the congregations of God's people to soar more into the things of the Holy Spirit. When that happens we will experience that glory cloud of God in our midst in an awesome way!
By Rodney W. Francis