052113: Music and Prophesy


The entire 25th chapter of I Chronicles is a list of the names of the musicians who served in the tabernacle. Several times it is emphasized that they were skilled at performing their service. What piqued my interest more than that, though, is the fact that the passage says they “should prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals” (vs. 1).

The word “prophesy” used here comes from the Hebrew word “naba’” which means “to speak or sing by inspiration in prediction or simple discourse.” It is the same word as is used in Joel 2:28, “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions” (NKJ). The Greek word in the New Testament is “propheteuo” which also means “to foretell events and speak under inspiration.” Simply put, these musicians sang forth to God’s people God’s message accompanied by their musical instruments.

As one who plays a musical instrument, I know what it takes to become skilled at performing. Like the old joke says, “What does it take to get into Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” However, this chapter sheds a whole new light on those chosen to the music ministry. Musicians stand as prophets. Not only must they practice to be skilled with their instruments, they must keep their spiritual ears open to the leading of the Holy Spirit as to what their lyrics should communicate to the people of God. Songs become easy ways to rehearse God’s truth and turn head knowledge into heart knowledge.

First Corinthians 14:1 and 3 say, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy… he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men” (NKJ). As you enjoy your choir, church soloists, praise teams, church bands, and Christian CD’s, remember the importance of their calling as prophets to us, skillfully communicating God’s word in song.


©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on May 21, 2013.

One Response to “052113: Music and Prophesy”

  1. Your prophetic insights are like songs played in my mind and heart. Thank you sanewriter for your continued inspirational blogs.

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