first….I am no expert. I only have my own personal experiences, other people’s experiences fond in stories, videos and books….and the Bible.
Here are my thoughts on Prophetic Worship.
Prophetic Worship is a combination of two concepts (1) the prophetic and (2) worship.
I like to break it down this way:
I believe the word prophetic is simply an adjective. It is a describing word.
For the purpose of this Prophetic Worship post, worship is being described as prophetic.
The word prophetic even describes one of its associated roots: prophecy.
This word prophecy should not be confused with the word prophesy.
‘Prophecy’ is the noun (person, place or THING) result of the verb (action) ‘prophesy’.
I remember a very simple definition I heard once. I want to share it with you now. ….to ‘prophesy’ means to speak or sing under divine inspiration.
The Hebrew Language is generally accepted to be one of the seven oldest languages known to man. The Hebrew word for prophesy is naba. It’s phonetic spelling is nä·vä (nah-VAH). Once again, it means to speak or sing under divine inspiration.
At the time of this post, I am 44 years old. Ever since I was about 21, I have been fascinated by the idea of the prophetic. I have wondered so many times about ‘this thing’ called prophetic music.
I have even questioned myself… am I a prophetic person? Am I a prophetic artist? Am I a prophetic singer? How does this idea of prophetic music fit into the local church? If I am prophetic, what are the boundaries for this gift and calling of being prophetic musically?
The book by Anna Blanc provides a true and practical piece of the ‘prophetic-singer’ puzzle that is sitting on the coffee table of my purpose.
Envy almost influenced me to walk away from what I do best. Envy is a subtle and powerful weapon of darkness. If I am not careful, I will casually let envy erode the confidence and clear conscience needed to bring fulfillment in the plans and will of God for my life.
The book by Bob Sorge is a great exploration of the destructive poison of the spirit of envy.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Bob Sorge’s book Envy; The Enemy Within:
Envy is the internal pain we feel over someone else’s success
Envy is the Natural by-product of being favored by God – Michael Cavanaugh
It’s the tallest tree that gets hit by lightning
Envy is always an issue with the brothers
No amount of practice can give you a gift you haven’t received from God
There is always somebody more talented than you
When revival hits two things typically begin to gather in abundance; people and money
God protects power with problems
My goal is to be known in Heaven
The best antidote for envy is the pursuit of the knowledge of the love of Christ
The Great Talent Showdown
My favorite chapter in this book is titled The Great Talent Showdown. This chapter contributes to a deeper understanding of the parable Jesus Christ shared regarding the talents found in the book of Matthew 25:14-30
…each according to his own ability. Matthew 25: 15
Bob concludes that when it comes to the ministry of music, one’s level of giftedness becomes so measurable, you can almost put a numerical value on it.
I also like this idea that Bob brings to light; It might be tempting to look at someone else with more gifts than you and envy what they have; but the truth is that if you had their level of gifting, you could potentially suffer quick burnout and utter frustration. Your ‘ability’ may not be meant to handle it.
Having said that, I like that Bob points out that you can only work with what giftings and talents god gives you, but you can also multiply them!
Bob Sorge has also included Mike Bickle’s perspective on talents. The more talent and giftedness a person is, more publicly and visually expressed towards a more prominent public platform.
And finally, when it comes to leadership, I like this thoughtful illustration Bob makes explain the various talents given by The Lord:
“If the level of excellence in the worship ministry (and other ministries) doesn’t grow with the church, the growth of the churchwill level off and will plateau according to the level of giftedness among its leaders.” -Bob Sorge
Again. Another dream about worship. These worship dreams are becoming a regular part of my deep quest for that longing to be enjoyed by God.
The feelings of uncertainty prohibited my confidence to lead. I was there to lead. It took several uncomfortable moments for me to focus as I searched for my purpose to connect and lead those around me. It was as If I was air dropped into the middle of an urgent rescue mission.
The people needed me to lead them, but I was not sure where they were in their relationship worship journey, I was not sure what they were used to.
The dark and cloudy atmosphere I could see with my natural eye was shrouding the direct light and worship energy which was expectant of my contribution, but because I felt new to this particular circumstance, I could not lock in immediately.
My confidence was being hindered by an apprehension that they may not follow me quick enough. I had to quickly [on demand] push through my emotional feeling of inadequacy. and find my strength to lead. I had to lead the way I knew I could only lead. I had to connect with them in a way they trust and respect the gift in me. The gift used by God to bring glory to his Name and expand his Kingdom. His deposit in me was the light for others to follow. The light connected with the light. My spirit connected with their spirit. We became unified in our song.
I woke up singing a melody to these words:
Let’ s shout it out.
Let’s shout it out.
Let’s shout the High Praises of God.
I can’t tell how many times I have woken out of sleep by the sounds of my own song leading. I just can’t help it.
Each dream is different in detail but always includes all the same components:
A new original song.
A light in the darkness.
A large sea of faceless people. People I know are there, but I can’t see them.
And most importantly; an awakeningly intense feeling of Gods power and presence.
Have you ever had one of these types of worship dreams?
After having a dream like this…and becoming conscious and awake, I will make a quick voice recording of the song as sung in the dream. I know I have hundreds of song ideas, both lyrically and melodically, most of which have found their way into a recording of sorts….even as far back as ….THE cassette tape.
I would really enjoy hearing your prophetic worship dream.
Please share your prophetic worship dream in the comments below.
I remember the first time reading about the difference between Praise AND worship. I was really fascinated by the contrast.
This book is all about the power of praise. There are several powerful theme scriptures running throughout the entire text. These scriptures weave a sound proposition that praise in not an option for us if we are to experience the fullness of God’s power, provision, and freedom on the earth.
Don Gossett was not raised in a Christian home. He accepted Christ as personal savior in a Baptist church. He began his preaching ministry in the Baptist churches. He met and married Joy. Joy was raised in an old fashioned Pentecostal home.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Don Gossett’s book There’s Dynamite in Praise:
The Baptists stand for baptism in water. The Pentecostals stand for baptism in fire. You get water and fire together and you get steam.
Prayer and praise are two wings of spiritual power.
He doesn’t require sacrifices for sin [Jesus took care of that], but he does require sacrifices of praise.
The true spirit of praise doesn’t drive people away; it attracts them.
Praise is God’s order. When all else fails, praise prevails.
True thanksgiving is not complete until it is expressed.
First praise then increase
Ingratitude extinguishes the light of God in your heart.
The more we praise Him, the more he blesses us.
Praise is the language of faith.
Praising God is the Secret to Having Increased Blessings in Your Life
My favorite chapter in this book is titled First Praise – Then Increase. This freedom chapter reveals the incredible and compelling idea that extra blessings may be contingent on our Praise.
May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him. Psalms 67: 5-7 NLT
I like this thoughtful illustration Don makes uses to contract our requests from our thanksgiving:
“There is a story that tells of two angels who came from heaven every morning and go on their rounds all day long. One is the Angel of Requests. The other is the angel of Thanksgiving. Each carries a basket. The basket belonging to the Angel of Requests is soon filled to overflowing, for everyone pours into it great handfuls of requests, but when the day is ended, the Angel of Thanksgiving has in its basket only two or three small contributions of gratitude.” -Don Gossett
100 Praise Scriptures
This book also has some really nice teaching material:
10 points in learning to praise God continually and practically
How to Inspire Others to Help You with Your Vision
You’ve got an amazing vision….an incredible dream. You know where you are going and you know how to get there. Now you are going to need to recruit some help to make it happen.
I like what Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States of America, says about delegated leadership, “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
Top sales associate, motivational speaker and author of the book See You at The Top Zig Ziglar shares a very simple, profound and ancient concept. Some accept this ancient concept as a universal spiritual law.
“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” -Zig Ziglar
Zig Ziglar’s quote sounds simple enough; work to help others get what they want and you will get what you want. hmmm…
You may have come to know this idea as the law of ‘sowing and reaping’. Perhaps you may have chosen to know it as ‘karma’….or….quite rhetorically, ‘what goes around, comes around’.
It may be a bit of a stretch of the imagination to think that helping other people get what they want is a viable form of delegation…but let’s stretch for a moment.
What did Joshua do to delegate? Then Joshua gave orders to the officers of the people: “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your supplies ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan River and take the land the Lord your God is giving you.’ ” NCV
Joshua gave orders. Other versions say it this way:
Joshua gave orders. He gave orders to the leaders of Israel.
Here is how delegation worked with Joshua. He simply issued a clear directive. He gave a short and quick order:
Go through the camp
Tell the people
Using the power of delegation, Joshua gave the entire nation of Isreal an expected timeline of three days. “Three days from now you will cross the Jordan River and take the land the Lord your God is giving you.”
Joshua communicated to the masses, by communicating first to his appointed leaders and officers.
Joshua knew God was giving the land to the people. It was not Joshua land, it was the peoples. Joshua was giving the people what they wanted…guess what, He got what he wanted too.
Knowing what to do next is a very important
Perhaps, right now…as you read these words, you are finding yourself in a particular circumstance which is producing a required response from you.
You have come to the end of something and now it is obvious and apparent that you must make some type of decision. It is now time to move forward…to move on. You know it’s time for that next step, but you are unclear of what it might be.