This is one chapter of my manuscript "Time of Restoration"
King David was a warrior, a prophet, a king, and a psalmist. By the end of his reign he had built an orchestra composed of 4000 Levites musicians (I Chronicles 23:1-5). Of these, 288 were specifically anointed to prophesize at the kings command and praised the Lord with the instrument he specifically made to praise the Lord. (I Chronicles 25:2-7). These 288 were psalmists who prophesied by giving thanks and praising the Lord.
As I mention earlier we are seeing the fulfillment of the prophecies concerning the restoration of David’s House. Praise and prophetic worship is one of the most integral parts of it. The time has come for the church to participate and become involved in the apostolic and prophetic ministry God has begun.
A psalmist is much more than a praise and worship leader or a choir director. He is like a painter with a blank canvas. Music is his paintbrush and the environment, the atmosphere is his canvas. He paints the mood in which the Holy Spirit is to move among His people. He hears music in his spirit and transfers it to his instruments. Sometimes his canvas takes on the mood of healing, sometimes gladness, sadness, laughing in the spirit or whatever the need is. The psalmist has to be sensitive to what the Spirit is leading him to and flow in accordance. He creates the heart/mind set called worship so the church can begin to praise God.
As a preacher and teacher of God’s word, I have been to a lot of places and seen many different things. Many times when the Word of God is ministered, it is like throwing a ball against the wall. It bounces right back because the people are not receiving it. In other places, the Word flows like the honey on the comb. This disposition is made possible by the praise and worship leader. The psalmist prepares the mind frame for the congregation to receive from God. He does it by praising God with instruments and song.
To sing psalms is to have a musical conversation with God. The psalmist or song leader interprets that conversation. Sometimes the song comes from God and other times the song is from man to God. Sort of a gift to Him. Isaiah Chapter 5 teaches that God sings. The prophet takes the role of a psalmist through which God interprets the song. To be a song leader is a serious role. Many churches try and imitate one another or just follow what seems to be the trend. But one must follow God’s lead in selecting a song leader (psalmist) for it is an honor to be in God’s service. “And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.” Hebrews 5:4
The Psalmist must have a pure heart. He represents God through his music so he must be a vessel ready to receive from God. No one human being is perfect and this is understood, however, The Apostle Paul instructs young Timothy on how to handle this matter: “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” II Timothy 2:21 King David was not perfect. He killed, committed adultery, and who know what else. But he was a man after God’s heart: humble and obedient.
Proverbs 16:18 reads: “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty before a fall.” A praise and worship leader must not let pride, which is defined as self-importance, take over his heart. Of course people will always commend a skillful musician but he must always give God the glory and not let pride enter his heart. How may God-fearing musicians have we seen cut a CD and they let it get to their head? All of sudden it’s all about their musical score and how good they sound. What happens then is that God’s anointing goes straight out the window.
The ministry of the psalmist dates back to before creation. Lucifer was the psalmist among angels. (Ezekiel 28:14). If we keep our hearts filled with the Word of God pride has no place to stay and our love will be complete. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11 “But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” I John 2:5
There are many congregations that have been scolded for being in a careless state. They have even pointed their finger at the preacher and blamed his leadership. This indeed could be the case, however, the song leader can sometimes share the blame. The psalmist’s first and main audience is God himself. He must first minister to God before he ministers to the people. He must be able to minister to God in secret before he is rewarded in public.
God’s call to minister is for all praise and worship leaders, music and choir director, band leaders and singers as well. He is calling all these music ministers to prophesy with their instruments and voices. God wants his church to enter a level of praise and worship as it is done in heaven. It is the calling of the prophetic psalmist to fulfill this purpose.