I’ve been reading through the Chronicles in my Bible lately, and let me just tell you, there are some really interesting little tidbits that are super easy to miss amidst a sea of unpronounceable Jewish names (case in point: the Prayer of Jabez). But I recently had one jump off the page at me in 1 Chronicles 25, a section dealing with responsibilities of the Israelite musicians. It says:
David and the army commanders then appointed men from the families of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun to proclaim God’s messages to the accompaniment of lyres, harps, and cymbals.
(1 Chronicles 25:1, NLT)
Did you catch it? Did you see what the main purpose was for these musicians?
“To proclaim God’s messages…”
Most other translations say “to prophesy” or “to serve as prophets.” This isn’t just some worship band going through the motions. These guys aren’t just getting together and making music because it’s fun and they have nothing better to do. This is big important stuff!
And did you notice who they were appointed by?
“David [the king] and the army commanders…”
This is no joke. These men were on the front lines. And if you keep reading in the Chronicles, you’ll get to one of my FAVORITE stories ever where God not only calls the musicians to lead the Israelite army into battle, but also defeats three enemy armies with nothing but the praises of His people.
Do you think of yourself as a prophet when you get ready to make music?
Do you see yourself on the front lines of a spiritual battle in which God can use your talents to bring about victory in His Kingdom and to shine His light to those around you?
Psalm 19 makes it clear that through nature God’s Word is proclaimed without words. So why not through music too? It’s right there in 1 Chronicles!
What a privilege that we get to be God’s messengers through music!
[May 6, 2014]