What is Prophetic Worship?
I. Worship as established in scripture is a Prophetic Act.
I Chronicles 25:1-7
David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service:
2 From the sons of Asaph:
Zakkur, Joseph, Nethaniah and Asarelah. The sons of Asaph were under the supervision of Asaph, who prophesied under the king’s supervision.
3 As for Jeduthun, from his sons:
Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah and Mattithiah, six in all, under the supervision of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied, using the harp in thanking and praising the Lord.
4 As for Heman, from his sons:
Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shubael and Jerimoth; Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-Ezer; Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir and Mahazioth.
5 (All these were sons of Heman the king’s seer. They were given him through the promises of God to exalt him. God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.)
6 All these men were under the supervision of their father for the music of the temple of the Lord, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king.
7 Along with their relatives—all of them trained and skilled in music for the Lord—they numbered 288.
II. To worship prophetically means to allow the indwelling Holy Spirit free reign to give utterances.
I Corinthians 14:14-17
For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful.
15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding.
16 Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying?
17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.
To sing in tongues is to sing in your prayer language; that is vertical worship only. Those are prophetically Holy Spirit inspired songs that are between you and God that edify your spirit. This is also what is happening in Ephesians 5:18,19.
To sing with the understanding means to sing in your native language, or the common language that everyone can understand. This adds the dimension of horizontal worship, meaning, the congregation joins in on the song as it is sung unto God. The experience is corporate, not individual.
III. Prophetic Worship has the power to cast out unclean spirits.
I Samuel 16:23 – Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.
IV. Prophetic Music can create a tangible atmosphere of worship.
II Chronicles 5:12-14
12 All the Levites who were musicians—Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun and their sons and relatives—stood on the east side of the altar, dressed in fine linen and playing cymbals, harps and lyres. They were accompanied by 120 priests sounding trumpets.
13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:
“He is good; His love endures forever.”
Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud,
14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.
Click HERE to listen to Prophetic Worship Music by Prophet David Taylor & Shades of the Cross.