For many years I asked God to show me the gifts and talents that He placed in me. I wanted to serve Him with my gifts but I had no idea what they were. God says we must honour Him with our gifts and talents, but how could I do this if He didn’t show them to me? In 2008 I was led into a 'desert journey', and during this time the urge to know my gifts got increasingly bigger. I begged God to show me!
On 12 October 2008, I was on my way to a function that I had organised for work and as I took the slipway off the motorway I saw a large raised signboard with a huge number ‘37’ on it. Right next to it was a signboard with the name ‘Manna Conference Centre’ and on the other side a sign that said ‘Eden Guest House’. During this year I had a specific number given to me; 37-38-4, which I am not going to talk about now, but there was a reason why the number '37' stood out for me on the day. (I was also 37 years of age at the time.)
I felt God was telling me that He would provide enough for every day as He provided for the Israelites in the wilderness.
That evening I decided to look up the meaning of Eden as well as the meaning of Manna…I had to find out what God was saying to me.
EDEN means “Delight” and MANNAH means “An unexpected Gift”.
I didn’t understand fully but I believed God said He had a gift for me and I had to wait on Him. I was excited!
I strangely started developing a burning passion in my heart for piano music. Every time I heard beautiful piano music I started crying!?
One morning during December of 2008, I was in my room, getting ready and piano music was playing softly in the background, and I started crying again! The piano touched my heart in a way I can't describe. My husband walked in and asked me what was wrong and I explained that lately, when I heard beautiful piano music I would cry and I didn't understand why! My husband responded by saying, if this is the case, we should look for a second-hand piano to purchase. I was surprised, I never expected my husband to say that!
In February 2009 we bought my piano. I tried to play a little tune or two that I used to play as a child, but it didn’t seem to work, and I got discouraged and wondered if I made a mistake buying the piano! Then God reminded me of the dreams I had for many years, but I never thought anything of them, and never even spent time thinking about it. I had this recurring dream where I would walk into a huge room filled with so many pianos and I could choose any of them to play on, and as I sat down to play, the music would just flow through my fingers!
So remembering this, I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and said "Holy Spirit, let my fingers move" and my fingers moved to the right notes and a beautiful sound came forth. I played those sounds over and over again not to forget them, and before long there was a beautiful piece from beginning to end! I didn't really know what to make of it and what to think of it. I was completely astounded and wondered 'what had just happened here .. how am I going to explain this? No one would believe me.'
In that year God gave me seven pieces of music. In 2010 God gave me another 7 pieces. He also sent me to Israel twice that year for a ministry event. Everything started happening in two’s and when I asked God about it, He guided me to the story of Joseph. The king asked Joseph to explain his dreams and Joseph said: ”The two dreams are the same. God gave it to you twice as it is established and He would soon bring it to pass."
I knew then that God was busy establishing things in my life. He was establishing my path before Him.
Proverbs 4:26 ~ Ponder the path of your feet and let all your ways be established.
Now, after having ministered with the music many times, I can truly testify that it is more than beautiful sounds. Hearts have been touched deeply by the sounds and God often speaks to people through the music.
The only way I can describe it is that the sound becomes a sharp blade that God uses to do gentle heart surgery. Just as He used sound to break down the walls of Jericho, He is using sound to break down the enemy’s walls within the hearts of people to bring healing and restoration.
Sound can go where water can’t go; these sounds can go into the deepest places of your being and commands healing. David's harp did this - he played beautiful sounds on his harp and Saul received a measure of healing in his mind. Demons were paralysed and forced to leave the room at the sound of David's harp.
I believe that sound can be used to cleanse and prepare atmospheres where God wants to speak, anoint, prophesy and bless.
The Bible tells us, ‘While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came upon Elisha and he said, “This is what the LORD says…”‘ (2 Kings 3:15-16). Music was often used for God to speak through prophets, like Elisha.
We read in Chronicles, ‘David, together with the commanders of the army set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres, and cymbals.’ (1 Chron 25:1)
I cannot write music, I have no formal training or qualification, but God chose to give this gift to me. He gives me inspiration and guidance; I am completely dependent on Him with this gift. I was 37 years of age when I received it and the last time I touched a piano before this day was when I was in primary school, perhaps grade 3.
But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:27
God does everything with purpose. He has a purpose with sound; with His melodies and music. Unfortunately, many people have become closed off and do not go deeper with God to experience what He has in mind, but some do. Those who chose to quiet their mind and open their heart to the sounds have received healing in their soul. A lady once testified that she had terrible back pain for days and during a soaking session, she felt the pain leaving her back. It is like anything God has for us .. we can only receive when we believe and when we want to receive.
“I have set those in this earth, those who are My psalmists, and they shall establish a flow, a flow of My river among My people, a flow that will help My people come higher, a flow of My presence. Because their songs come from heaven and their songs are anointed, they shall indeed impact you and bring you into what I am doing. So when you hear the sound of heaven impacting your heart and when you hear the sound of heaven coming upon you embrace it and let it do its work. Let it bring peace to your soul, let it bring joy to your heart and let it bring healing to your body. Let the Spirit of the Lord flow in the sound that I am bringing forth as promised. For such a time as this embrace My sound, says the Lord Most Holy.”
~ Faith Tabernacle, The Trumpet by Bill Burns, 15 October 2012
A Song to the Lord Who Preserves and Prospers His People
A Psalm of David.
Blessed be the Lord my Rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle—