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Ways to Develop Prophetic Musicianship

The term “prophetic musician” simply describes a musician who, operating in the spirit of prophecy, testifies of Jesus. Because prophecy is simply the testimony of Jesus, it can be coupled with many different mediums. Preachers preach the testimony of Jesus; teachers teach it. Singers sing the testimony of Jesus; painters paint it. All these mediums can prophesy about who Jesus is and edify the Church.

“[T]he testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10)

Examples in Scripture

The Bible has some amazing accounts of prophetic musicians who cast out demons and won military battles through melodies and songs.

Young David played his harp and caused King Saul to be set free from a terrorizing spirit:

"And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.” (1 Sam. 16:23)

Can Music Make You Feel God’s Emotions?

Music is a powerful entity — a force like gravity. It drives both the Christian and secular world. Some people say they live to make and listen to music. 

Think about it. 

Have you ever heard a song and instantly remembered where you were and how you felt when you first heard it?  

Music is one of the only tools that can make you feel emotions without your knowledge. It can change your whole mood, even if it’s just instrumental.

Music can make us feel:

  • Sad
  • Happy
  • Hopeful
  • Contemplative
  • Nostalgic
  • Angry 

Interestingly, if instruments didn’t exist, music still would. It can be made just by singing and clapping. It’s innate. We can’t get rid of it!  

I believe God designed music for the great purpose of helping us feel and encounter His emotions. It has been so distorted – and diverted – from its original intent, but I know God has a plan to use worship as a catalyst for reviving and restoring hearts.

Imagine musicians that spend time encountering God and His emotions, and from that place create music that they feel reflects His heart. Using music as the catalyst God created it to be, God could convey His emotions through these musicians.

How has music affected you in the past? 

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