Divine Intervention Through Songs
SENIOR PASTOR’S CORNER:
DIVINE INTERVENTION THROUGH SONGS
A lot of innovations doubtless have been brought into the music ministry today – harmony and sound, high-tech and so on. Now, we sing and swing to the lovely tunes and melody, we have perfected performance without real impact, ministration without message. Are you not worried it’s difficult now to draw a line between our music and performances of the world? When was the last time we were so “touched” after a musical ministration, our souls were lifted and our lives re-directed heaven-ward? I ask, “When was the last time after singing, authentic faith was developed and you were ready to dare the impossible?” Beloved, there is a lot more to music from the scriptural point-of-view!
We have, in Second Chronicles chapter 20, the account of divine intervention for Judah and king Jehoshaphat. News had come to palace about an impending attack. When Jehoshaphat heard (about those coming and their weapons), his heart sank. Scriptures says, “…Jehoshaphat feared…” verse 3a. Anyone’s heart will fear when confronted with similar realities. Jehoshaphat did more. Scripture says, “…[He]… set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” And, God responded! While seeking, a word from heaven came through a prophetic vessel which could be summarized thus: “This will not be like other conventional battles. What is needed for victory was singing and praise. Period!” (paraphrased) verse 17-21. What a word! Judah believed and took an appropriate action!
Drums were rolled out; so were tambourines, “shekeres” and so on. Children of Judah came out in their numbers. No military persons were anywhere in view. Singers were at the fore front. What a procession of simple, ordinary men and women, young and old, who advanced towards the camp of their enemies without fear of molestation or intimidation! Scripture says, “…when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambush against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come up against Judah; and they were smitten.” verse 22. What a courageous act!
Nothing happened until they switched to sing and praise mode. You’d also notice that not one of those who came against them was exempted from the visitation of wrath. What greater way could they have experienced a divine visitation?
Beloved, God is still at work. Let’s get back to true singing and praise. I see the Lord repeat a similar feat on our behalf as He did for the inhabitants of Judah. May you dance your dance and sing your songs this season. In Jesus’ precious name!