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Prophesy with Harps

1 Chronicles 25:1-8 :

Moreover, David and the captains of the army set apart for the service certain of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who were to prophesy with harps, with stringed instruments, and with cymbals. The number of those who did the work according to their service was: of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah. The sons of Asaph were under the hand of Asaph, who prophesied at the order of the king. Of Jeduthun; the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied in giving thanks and praising Yahweh with the harp. Of Heman; the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. All these were under the hands of their father for song in Yahweh’s house, with cymbals, stringed instruments, and harps, for the service of God’s house; Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman being under the order of the king. The number of them, with their brothers who were instructed in singing to Yahweh, even all who were skillful, was two hundred eighty-eight. They cast lots for their offices, all alike, the small as well as the great, the teacher as well as the student.

Worship music is a very special thing. We read here that it obviously wasn't just "a New Testament thing." The idea of having a worship team is from the Old Testament. It was so serious that this part of the Bible was dedicated to mentioning the ones who were in charge. Notice that "captains of the army" were "set apart for the service" of music, but it wasn't just any music. God calls it "prophesy with harps, with stringed instruments, and with cymbals."

God's music was to be prophetic. As I have mentioned before, this doesn't mean that they were always required to tell the future. Prophesy is just speaking God's truth whether it is past, present or future. It is clear that God intended for the music to give a message, not just provide an emotion. It is so important that we remember this today. God's music is to spread God's truth, that means that the lyrics may have to be more complicated than your average pop song in some cases. God's music isn't a place to spread our own ideas or merely to express ourselves. God's example, here, is that we use music to express the truth of the Bible. This is probably why old hymns are still very popular today. God's word is in them and His word never gets old.

Notice that "they cast lots for their offices, all alike, the small as well as the great, the teacher as well as the student." God doesn't need middle management. He made direct assignments. This reminds me of the fact that God has no grandchildren. Every single one of us is a son or a daughter. We can all go directly to Him as our own Father.

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