|Posted on September 5, 2015 at 1:15 AM|
"Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon [Elisha]." 2 Kings 3:15
This little worship thought is sort of a continuation from what I wrote yesterday. We talked about how three kings had come together and were inquiring of the prophet Elisha. Elisha didn't really want to bother with them but, because Jehoshaphat (a king who apparently still feared the LORD) was among them, he inquired of the LORD on their behalf. However, before he does that he says, "'...now bring me a musician.' Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon [Elisha]." 2 Kings 3:15. Amazing! It just really strikes me how important of a role music can and does play.
I want to compare this a little to how David played his harp for King Saul when he was being tormented by the evil spirit. The beautiful music had the power to subdue the evil spirit and bring peace to Saul, even if only briefly. But what is it about the music that caused the change in Saul? According to our main verse, it seems to me that when Godly music is played, it causes the Spirit of the Lord to then fall upon the listeners. I believe the music ushers in the Spirit God and in turn, subdues the evil spirits. It also makes me think how choosing the wrong kind of music can invite the wrong kind of spirits to fall on us.
Elisha, the LORD's prophet, specifically requested a musician to come and play before the hand of the LORD would come upon him. It speaks to me of the importance of music in our worship services. God enabled Elisha with a message only after the music was played. How important is that for me as a musician! Lord, let my song be this for other people! Let it be a means to prepare people's hearts to receive the message You have for them!
As we sing our hymns of praise this weekend at church, may the hand of the LORD come upon us, just as He came upon Elisha
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