Prophetic Worship

Laying the foundation

The following is a compilation of the notes I took when I listened to the Prophetic Worship tapes by Kevin Prosch.

Building your Character first

If we're faithful to minister to the Lord on a daily basis, the prophetic song can rise up with unlimited power. Let's focus on the heart's standards that go along with the Song of the Lord rather than the demonstration of it. There are some guidelines that we can follow that will help present the Song of the Lord that will encourage us to go deeper with the Lord in prophetic worship.

Gifting without the character will eventually kill a person. The gifting is easy. It comes as the Spirit wills. But God comes to us and holds us accountable for our character. He says, "You cleanse your hands. You purify your hearts."

Today there is a great move in the church of gifting, but you see so little character and integrity. And God is more concerned with our character than our gifting.

What is the reason God has placed us on the earth? Not just in the church, but on the earth? One of the charges that God laid on Israel was that they did not consider their destiny. They had the Word but they didn't mix it with faith. And they didn't have the faith to mix with those Words, because they did not consider the calling they had as a people.

It's easy to take off with the gifting and get all caught up in it and run with it, thinking that you're doing something for God, without seeing that there is a purpose and a price involved. It's the Lord's ministry that we're taking on. We need the true mantle of discipleship. We have been a fatherless people that has been sent to minister to a fatherless generation. He is prepared us for such a time as this. God is looking for people who He can raise up as leaders for His people.

Gifting without character is not good. I Peter 2:9 says, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light."

The nature and purpose in the song of the Lord is to proclaim and reveal His heart to a future generation; to reveal the excellencies of the nature of God.

Psalm 102:15-17 says,

"15 So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
16 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
17 He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.
18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.
18 This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.
19 For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;
21 To declare the name of the LORD in Zion, and his praise in Jerusalem;"

This Psalm was written for a generation yet to come. I believe that this generation is what Psalm 102 is talking about.

In Hebrews 2:12 it says that Jesus sings His song:"12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee." Who is He singing it through? He sings it through His people.

John 17:26 says that Jesus will make the name of His Father known. "26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them."

The Spirit searches the depths of God and reveals it to His saints, and then the song is sung. I really want to lay a foundation about the Song of the Lord. Another main truth is as He sings to His people, He is expressing a certain truth to them. Ephesians 5:19 speaks of spiritual songs, spiritual meaning "breath" or "pneuma."
"19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;"

As the Lord begins to move within the service, the Spirit falls upon a person, singer, or musician. I think oftentimes we fail to realize that the Holy Spirit is a singing Spirit. That's something that we need to get a hold of. The Lord loves to sing!

We need to realize that the ability of God's presence is far more powerful than anything we have to offer. You also must be a person that knows His Word. How can you know and sing about One Whom you've not been with? God wants to reveal Himself. Most of the songs that have come forth are on the shallow level. God wants to breathe the secrets of the Universe to His people. He wants to share it to the corporate Body. Our view is limited. If we separate ourselves to prayer and to the Word, we'll begin to see as the Spirit of the Lord rises up in us, the songs will come and the revelation will come and the fear to sing will leave.

I Chronicles 25:1-7 says,
"1 Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:
2 Of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the hands of Asaph, which prophesied according to the order of the king.
3 Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the LORD.
4 Of Heman: the sons of Heman; Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth:
5 All these were the sons of Heman the king's seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.
6 All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the LORD, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king's order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman.
7 So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight."

The singers were set aside to learn the Song of the Lord. They were Levites and practiced their skill in front of the Lord. These were songs birthed by the Spirit (pneuma) of God.

As the Spirit of Prophecy begins to rise up, it's anointed without fail. When the Lord is really on the scene, you can say yes and amen to that; you will know it's the Lord. There's full anointing there. It's the anointing that edifies. The testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev. 19:10). When that anointing comes into our midst, we need to revere and honor it, and not go off and just sing songs. The thing that the Lord is after is not only that we would do it in order, but that we would sing with the Spirit of Prophecy. It's easy to get caught up in singing the songs that we get away from the anointing. The thing that edifies the body is what we're after, and that is the Testimony of Jesus. The thing that He testifies of is going to edify.

The Spirit of prophecy is different from the Gift or Office of the Prophet. In I Samuel 10:9-11 it shows the Spirit of prophecy in operation.
"9 And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.
10 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
11 And it came to pass, when all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?"

I Chronicles 25:3 speaks about the instruments prophesying:
"3 Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the LORD."

II Kings 3:15 speaks of how God can use anointed musicians to stir up the Spirit of prophecy:
"15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him."

Sometimes the thing that draws the Spirit of Prophecy is music alone. I just encourage you minstrels to get before the Lord, even if it's 2 or 3 notes. I'm not talking about the skillful stuff. Sometimes you can go and skillful line or a lead piano line and it quenches the Spirit of God because He's not after the skillful song at that time. He is calling for the note that comes from the heart. Practice on your instrument.

Many people come to me and tell me that they are running out of songs to sing and they need someone to teach them. Try reading I John 2:27:
"27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." The anointing within you is the truth that will teach you and show you all things to come. It's within each one of you and that's the thing that the Lord wants to bring forth. He has placed His Spirit within you. He has placed within us a not only the Gift but also the ability to operate in that Gift.

Oftentimes we limit God because we say, "We can't move out because I'm not a skillful person." Be sensitive to what is in your heart. Move out that way. He's looking for the thing that flows from the heart. The skill will come later. I'm not telling you to skimp out on the skill. Don't limit yourself on the learning. We also need to be willing to pay the price to stay before Him. How can we sing about the One we don't know? Don't you know that the Lord in His goodness wants to reveal the His touch, the Father's touch of the supernatural, even in song. God is for us.

Stay in prayer, hidden before the Lord. Promotion doesn't come from the church. Promotion comes from the Lord. And God will look down suddenly one day because you have been faithful and say, "Now there's a person that might not have much (skillfully), but when My anointing comes upon them the anointing is what breaks the yoke, not the skill." And that's what we're after.

Music beings deliverance.
"15 And Saul's servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.
16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well." (I Samuel 16:15)

Psalms 78:70-72 says,
"70 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds:
71 From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands."

Allow God to hide you and mold you before and after you come into public ministry. You can't take people where you have never been.

Now there is a sovereign mantle. There's a mantle that comes upon us sovereignly sometimes. It could come sometimes even when you haven't really been serving the Lord. And all of a sudden you can find this anointing on you while you're leading worship and singing. It's a seasonal mantle that the Lord allows sometimes and it's by His grace.

But I can't say enough about preparation. There is no substitute for the Word of God. And that Word, His Word is the Spirit of Prophecy. His Word is the Word that's become flesh.

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