Friday, October 26, 2012

2 Kings 3 Prophetic Music Enhances Prophecy

2 Kings 3:14-20 Elisha said, "As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not look at you or even notice you. But now bring me a harpist." While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha and he said, "This is what the Lord says: Make this valley full of ditches. For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; he will also hand Moab over to you. You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones." The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was — water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water.

Elisha called for a harpist to play before he prophesied. Here we see the critical role of music in Elisha's prophetic ministry. Prophetic music attracts the presence of God to a place: "While the harpist was playing, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha..." Music has an instrumental role in releasing the prophetic word in the church. But to be prophetic, the musician has to play for the Lord's listening pleasure, not the audience's.

The prophetic utterance of Elisha releases a prophetic word for the crisis the three kings were facing: no water for the men and animals. When we face a personal or corporate crisis, the first thing we should do is ministering to God through music and worship. Then wait on the Lord like Elisha for a prophetic word before we decide what to do next.

Finally, when the word came, the instruction was very clear: "Make this valley full of ditches." Faith is not just hearing and confessing the Word but acting on the Word. If the kings of Israel, Judah and Edom did not order their men to start digging ditches, the water would not fill the land, but flood it instead! There are some things only God can do, but there are some things we must do. As St Augustine has famously said: "Without God we cannot; without us, He will not."

And Elisha said: "This is an easy thing in the eyes of the LORD; he will also hand  Moab over to you." So, not only did Israel and Judah got their water, they got more than they asked for -- victory over Moab! What a gracious God. And it all started with the humble harpist! Don't despise the worship that only has a single guitarist - we don't always need a multi-million dollar hi-tech instruments and sound system to release God's prophetic word--a $100 dollar guitar would do the job!

Father, thank You that when You declare Your will, You also expect obedience on our part to make Your will come to pass. What a privilege it is to obey, because the obedient experiences Your miracle! Amen.

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