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Prophetic Song -Gateway to Glory By Stan Smith. Book Review

What is Prophetic Song?

I can think of many people who would answer that question like this: Prophetic Song is a song that is prophetic, right? How would you define Prophetic Song?

In his subtitle, Prophetic Song author Stan Smith seems to define prophetic song to be a gateway to glory.

Gateway to glory?……think about those words for a moment. gateway. gate. in and out. open and shut.

Gateway to Glory. prophetic song. stan smith. Jay Bryan Sandifer.
Gateway to Glory. prophetic song. stan smith. Jay Bryan Sandifer.

Gateway

gateway.
gate.
in and out.
open and shut.

Glory

glory.
hmmmmm.
victory?
smoke and clouds?
happiness?
what is glory?

My thoughts on Prophetic Song

This book is a complete educational meal when it comes to the prophetic song. It reminded me of a textbook. It took me longer to read than some of the other recent books. There were several things I really appreciated about this book, but first, let me share my favorite quotes:

Worship Leading quotes by Stan Smith, author of Prophetic Song

Here are a few thought-provoking quotes from this worship leading book:

  1. There is a friendship with God so intimate that he tells us what he is doing.
  2. If you want more of the Holy Spirit, center your attention on Jesus, His favorite subject matter.
  3. We don’t have to be afraid to make mistakes because our audience is God, not man.
  4. The song that matches the sound of nature is singing in the Spirit.
  5. Living water is given not for theologians to discuss but to revive the parched souls who have lived in the desert of sin and death.
  6. Open your Bible and sing a line of scripture.
  7. Don’t try to outplay the people around you, but try to make them sound good.
  8. The things of God can’t be reduced to a formula.
  9. Take the anointing off me and put it on the song.
  10. Sometimes there is a richer anointing on worship practice than on the service itself.
  11. Spirit led worship never grows old and stale, it is always fresh.
  12. The best investment we can make is to do everything we can to make room for the presence of God.
  13. Sometimes God does not entrust a higher anointing on us until we respect Hid anointing on others.
  14. We can’t buy the anointing with money.
  15. I can choose to sing and play something spontaneous, God still has the freedom to decide whether to make it prophetic.

My Take-Aways from Prophetic Song

There are two things that really stuck out to me as I read Prophetic Song. These two ideas intrigued me because I had never heard or thought things this way before. Find out what they are…

I really think it is an exciting moment when what I  have knowledge of is expanded to new borders and insights. I guess some people call this revelation. I heard a great definition of Revelation once: revealed knowledge.

Idea #1

In the book of revelation, it was brought to my attention that Jesus  has two prophetic voices. Both sounds are the voice of the same God. Perhaps He has more, but these are the two prophetic voices I learned about:

  1. One of Jesus’ voices is the sound of many waters.  This is said to almost always be our prophetically anointed voice speaking to God thru worship in spirit and truth in a corporate setting.
  2. The other prophetic voice is the sound of the trumpet. It’s the prophetic voice of God addressing to an assembled people.

I am trying to defend or promote any doctrine about the two prophetic voices of Jesus. I simply wanted to share something that intrigued me.

Idea #2

There are two rivers flowing out from the throne of God. One is a river of living water clear as crystal. The other is a river of fire. Without going into any explanations, this idea also peaked my curiosity. This river of fire can be found in Daniel 7:9-10

“….His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.  A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him…..”

I think Stan Smith takes this idea of two rivers and develops quite an interesting idea of Gods Glory. Get the book and find out more.

Action Step

Finally, This prophetic song textbook closes each chapter with two assignments.  One for non-musicians and singers. one for musicians.

Prophetic Song by Stan Smith
Prophetic Song by Stan Smith

 

 

for more worship leading book reviews from Jay Sandifer:

Following the River by Bob Sorge

There’s Dynamite in Praise by Don Gossett

Growing as a Prophetic Singer by Anna Blanc

Envy: The Enemy Within by Bob Sorge

 

 

 

Growing as a Prophetic Singer -by Anna Blanc: Book Review

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.

Let’s get into our Worship Leader Review of Anna Blanc’s book called  Growing as a Prophetic Singer

  • Total pages: 113
  • Shortest chapter length 14 pages
  • Longest chapter length 6 pages
  • Personal Stories & Scriptural Examples
  • first published 2013

Chapter Titles

  1. Using This Book
  2. Possessing a Biblical Vision for Prophetic Singing
  3. Countering Comparison, Envy, and Pride
  4. Remaining Faithful in Hiddenness
  5. Developing through Demotion
  6. Passing the Test of Promotion
  7. Facing Fear
  8. Knowing Three Truths
  9. Singing the Word
  10. Pursuing Excellence
  11. Not Quitting

Quotes about Prophetic Singing

Here are a few quotes from this book:

  • You are not the first to taste the thrill of standing in worship as a vessel of the Lord
  • Comparison is the poisonous weed that takes out brand new singers
  • It is a delusion to think that, if you are called by God to minister as a singer, your ministry will be very public and valued by many
  • Talents does not ‘wow’ God, and crowds do not move Him
  • The Lord is not looking to increase our comfort, but our righteousness
  • As the Lord increases your gifting or gives you a greater ministry platform, it is for the profit of His body
  • The one opinion that matters and the only correct evaluation of you is what the Lord thinks
  • Justice is making wrong things right
  • If we do not know the word we have nothing to sing
  • If you do not practice, you will not move forward

Singing the Word

My favorite chapter in this book is titled Singing the Word. This chapter does a great job at outlining the practice of opening the bible and singing the scriptures.

“The Bible is the most valued resource to the prophetic singer.” 

Anna clearly gives the job description of the prophetic singer, which simply sing the word.

“Our job as prophetic singers is to gain an understanding of the Word, know it in our hearts, live it in our lives, open our mouths to sing it.” 

I like the idea that Anna Blanc shares about us being little libraries of His Word with its many books hidden in our hearts.

I really enjoyed the practicality of this chapter. (1) put reading and meditation upon the word into your schedule (2) map out how you will spend the time studying Gods word

some helpful suggestions:

  • try reading large portions of scripture in one sitting (10 Chapters)
  • try bringing your focus and meditation slowly on the Holy Spirit who lives inside you as he leads you to one  or two verses
  • choose a passage, book or topic and study with resources such as commentaries

Prophetic Worship Dreams

Praise Him by Susanna Katherine. Prophetic Worship Dreams. Jay Bryan Sandifer
Praise Him by Susanna Katherine. Prophetic Worship Dreams. Jay Bryan Sandifer

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 platform.
  • A new original song.
  • An instrument.
  • 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.