Are You a Minstrel/Psalmist?

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David was not only a prophet, he was also called Israel’s sweet psalmist ( 2 Sam 23:1). Under his prophetic anointing, he wrote prophetic songs of worship which we find mostly (but not only) in the book of Psalms. Once the Ark was brought back to Jerusalem and placed in the tabernacle that David had prepared, David established regular worship before the Ark.

1 Chr 16: 37-43
Regular Worship Maintained
37 So he left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister before the ark regularly, as every day’s work required; 38 and Obed-Edom with his sixty-eight brethren, including Obed-Edom the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah, to be gatekeepers; 39 and Zadok the priest and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the Lord at the high place that was at Gibeon, 40 to offer burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the Law of the Lord which He commanded Israel; 41 and with them Heman and Jeduthun and the rest who were chosen, who were designated by name, to give thanks to the Lord, because His mercy endures forever; 42 and with them Heman and Jeduthun, to sound aloud with trumpets and cymbals and the musical instruments of God. Now the sons of Jeduthun were gatekeepers. 43 Then all the people departed, every man to his house; and David returned to bless his house.

In his old age, before Solomon took over as king, King David made preparations for the temple. He gathered together all the leaders of Israel with the priests and Levites and separated them into groups according to how they would serve in the temple. He also chose those who would be musicians, gatekeepers, treasurers and other duties. Below we read about his selection of musicians. What is profound is that he chose seer prophets to lead the worship in the temple. In the verse below, it is written that the minstrels would prophesy with instruments. Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun had already been chosen before to minister musically before the Ark. In the next passage they are mentioned again. We are specifically told that Heman was a seer. Heman also authored Psalms 88.

1 Chr 25: 1-7
The Musicians

25 Moreover David and the captains of the army separated for the service some of the sons of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals. And the number of the skilled men performing their service was: 2 Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah;[a] the sons of Asaph were under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied according to the order of the king. 3 Of Jeduthun, the sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri,[b] Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six,[c] under the direction of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp to give thanks and to praise the Lord. 4 Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel,[d] Shebuel,[e] Jerimoth,[f] Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. 5 All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to exalt his horn.[g] For God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.

6 All these were under the direction of their father for the music in the house of the Lord, with cymbals, stringed instruments, and harps, for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the authority of the king. 7 So the number of them, with their brethren who were instructed in the songs of the Lord, all who were skillful, was two hundred and eighty-eight.

Asaph was a psalmist who wrote Psalms 50 and Psalms 73-83. He also worked in King David’s court as a seer.

2 Chronicles 29: 30
30 Moreover King Hezekiah and the leaders commanded the Levites to sing praise to the Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshiped.

Jeduthun was also chosen to minister in prophetic worship under King David. Here we see that he too was a seer.

2 Chr 35:15
10 So the service was prepared, and the priests stood in their places, and the Levites in their divisions, according to the king’s command. 11 And they slaughtered the Passover offerings; and the priests sprinkled the blood with their hands, while the Levites skinned the animals. 12 Then they removed the burnt offerings that they might give them to the divisions of the fathers’ houses of the lay people, to offer to the Lord, as it is written in the Book of Moses. And so they did with the cattle. 13 Also they roasted the Passover offerings with fire according to the ordinance; but the other holy offerings they boiled in pots, in caldrons, and in pans, and divided them quickly among all the lay people. 14 Then afterward they prepared portions for themselves and for the priests, because the priests, the sons of Aaron, were busy in offering burnt offerings and fat until night; therefore the Levites prepared portions for themselves and for the priests, the sons of Aaron. 15 And the singers, the sons of Asaph, were in their places, according to the command of David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun the king’s seer.

Isn’t it astounding how David purposefully placed prophetic people in charge of worship in the temple?

Modern day psalmist and minstrels can be found in worship bands/teams at local churches. When prophetic people minister musically, the Holy Spirit manifest Himself as the assembly worship their Lord God in spirit and in truth. Anointed worship leaders lead people into this type of worship, where they are engaged with the Holy spirit, where they break out and sing in tongues, where they receive visions and revelations from the spirit, where spontaneous healings and deliverances can occur. Yes all this is possible when prophetic minstrels minister in local churches. Young prophets who are musically inclined should be trained in church music departments, they should be allowed to write and include their original songs in the repetoire of the church, as these songs are new songs inspired by the Spirit. The school of prophets who prophesied under Samuel prophesied with instruments and music:

1 Samuel 10: 5
5 After that you shall come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is. And it will happen, when you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with a stringed instrument, a tambourine, a flute, and a harp before them; and they will be prophesying. 6 Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man.

Do you want the Spirit of the Lord to come upon you? Do you want to a be a changed man? Then allow prophets to be part of your praise and worship team, give them the freedom to be led by the Holy Spirit, allow them to flow in their ministry and your church will reap the benefits thereof.

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