The Psalm 23 Adventure, Part 49
July 21, 2017
We’re going to run long today in an
effort to wrap up this portion of our Psalm 23 adventure. We finished up last week talking about
David’s expansion of the families of worshipers.
a look, if you will, at I Chronicles 25.
I Chronicles 25:1-7: Moreover David and
the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of
Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and
with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:
Of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and
Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the hands of Asaph, which prophesied
according to the order of the king.
Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and
Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father
Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the LORD.
Of Heman: the sons of Heman; Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel,
Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer,
Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth: All these were
the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And
God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.
All these were under the hands of their father for song in
the house of the LORD, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of
the house of God, according to the king’s order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman.
if you will, the doubling of the 144.
Think maybe David saw something that has escaped a lot of people who’ve
tried to understand and make predictions concerning the 144,000?)
wish I had time to take you into the prophetic significance of each of the
names of these worshipers. That’s a
study in prophecy that could be a book by itself. Each name is representative of a portion of
what takes place with our purpose in surrounding the Throne of God, ministering
to Him in a dimension of praise and worship that Lucifer could never have
accomplished! It is a continuing picture
of the anointing that we have been destined for.
ministries of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun were enhanced at this point.
Their families were commanded to begin prophesying on and with musical
the forty years that Solomon sat on the throne, Israel reached the zenith of
its power and influence in the world. The nation had prospered during
David’s years, and now saw such wealth and abundance as would stagger the
world’s imagination for centuries, and even millennia, after Solomon’s death.
praise and worship going forth unhampered and unhindered for eighty continuous
years, the Lord did for Israel what they could never accomplish in the
natural. Battles were fought in the Heavenlies in the midst of praise and
worship and spiritual foes defeated.
been fought in the Heavenlies, the outcome of the earthly battles was a
foregone conclusion. When the people ministered unto the Lord, He
ministered unto them, provided for them, fought their battles and filled every
Solomon’s son, did not see the connection between the worshipers and Israel’s
might and prosperity, and after the counsel of some self-seeking politicians
three years into his reign, he abandoned the ministry of praise and worship and
sent the worshipers packing. No sooner had he done so when Jeroboam came
out of Egypt, gained the favor of ten tribes and split the nation of Israel
with civil war. Israel soon became prey to its former enemies and lost its
dominion in the world from that day forward.
again would a unified nation of Israel see the power and glory that had been
theirs. Never again would they see the provision of God in such manner as
He had displayed during the eighty years of David and Solomon — and nearly
eighty years of continuous praise and worship.
four more times in the nation’s history (and that only with the
descendants of David who sat on the throne of Judah) did kings arise who remembered
what God had done when praise and worship went forth in ministry to Him
was the first to remember, and the Lord gave him victory in the midst of an
impossible battle with peace and prosperity during the last seven years of his
reign — a seven-year period in which praise and worship went forth continually.
years after Jehoshaphat’s death (a period of time in which there had been no
ministry of worship to the Lord), after Jehoram’s eight years of war, Ahaziah’s
conspiracy and death at the hands of Jehu after one year on the throne, and six
years under Athaliah (Ahaziah’s mother), Jehoiada, the high priest, took a very
young Joash, crowned him king, put Athaliah and her Baal-worshippers to death,
and reappointed the descendants of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun to the ministry of
praise and worship unto the Lord.
the first thirty-nine years of Joash’s reign, praise and worship went forth as
it had in the days of David and Solomon. For thirty-nine years, the nation
of Judah prospered as it had in the days of David. Joash was able to
throw off the yoke of his enemies, and ruled with freedom and authority in the
land. At the end of the thirty-ninth year of Joash’s reign, Jehoiada
died, and there came a flood of self-seeking soothsayers currying Joash’s
favor. He succumbed to their words and
enticements, abandoned the ministry of praise and worship, and dismissed the
families of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun. Immediately, he was beset by war;
and a year later, he was assassinated by his own servants.
112 years, the nation of Judah went through periods of war, famine, occasional
prosperity and subsequent decline, politically, economically, militarily, and —
most of all — spiritually. Not until Hezekiah came to the throne was the
ministry of praise and worship reestablished. In his first year as king,
Hezekiah reappointed the descendants of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun to the
ministry of praise and worship. For twenty-nine years this ministry went
forth unhampered and unhindered.
came to such prominence that even the kings of Israel honored him. (Let’s
not forget the fact that Israel as a whole was a divided nation.) He shook off, once again, the yoke of bondage
from the surrounding nations. The nation prospered as it had in the days
of David and Solomon, saw victory over its enemies and saw a peace such as it
had not seen in more than two hundred years.
Hezekiah’s reign, the scion of a wealthy family came to prominence. He
had already served for a time as a governor in the land, and (although he had
already begun prophesying in the time of Hezekiah’s father and grandfather and
great-grandfather) came to be recognized internationally as a prophet among
prophets. During this time of such praise and worship going forth, he saw
such visions as no prophet before or after him, and drew pictures of the coming
Messiah and Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, in words which would forever etch
themselves in the minds of God’s people. That prophet’s name
one more time in Judah’s history did a king come to power that saw the pattern
of praise and worship, who reappointed the families of Asaph, Heman and
Jeduthun to minister unto the Lord. Fifty-seven years after Hezekiah’s
death — a period in which Judah had become a vassal-state to Assyria and
Babylon — Josiah came to the throne.
the eighteenth year of his reign, Josiah repaired the temple in Jerusalem and
reappointed the worshipers to minister before the Lord continually. History
tells us that Ephraim and Manasseh, and Simeon and Naphtali, four of the tribes
of Israel, joined with Judah during Josiah’s reign to worship the Lord.
For the next twelve years, they saw peace, prosperity, the provision of God,
and victory over their enemies.
is an important picture here that we need to see. In Heaven there are no enemies of God. The Will of God is always being
fulfilled. There is perfect peace. There is no lack of any kind.
experienced the same thing. Enemies that
came against them didn’t last. They were
defeated. Peace ruled the land. The nation prospered. Where needs had existed before, now the
people prospered on every hand.
reasons that seem to escape me, God’s people have not learned this
lesson. More than that, those who have served in places of responsibility
and leadership seem to think that it’s okay to call their hymn-singing,
song-singing, scripture-choruses and preaching, “worship.” It may be
praise (and that is sometimes questionable) but it is not worship! They
wonder why there is such a struggle to see things happen. They wonder why
there is no provision of God. They wonder where the miracles went.
They wonder why there is such “back-sliding” among the people and why people’s
relationship with God is like a yo-yo.
me be clear. I’m not saying that folks can’t or don’t worship while they
sing their songs. What I’m saying is that their singing has become a
tradition that more often than not loses the focus of worship. Folks sing
the right words, they say the right things, they pray the right things, but the
spirit of worship is missing. There is no heart of intimacy and love
being expressed in the Spirit.
can’t tell you how many times I’ve been frustrated going into churches and
listening to the praise or worship leader sing these wonderful songs, get
everyone hyped and excited and joyful, and then drop the ball. They lead
up to worship, but the “know-how” to worship seems to be missing.
Sometimes they will sing songs, Scripture choruses, or whatever, that really
can lead folks into worship, and folks get right to the edge of entering into
the presence of the Lord. Then they
stop, and everyone sits down, and the preacher gets up to preach his
message. And the heart of the Lord never gets fulfilled!
me digress for a minute.
shared this before, but let me share it again.
Praise comes out of our intellect.
It comes out of a decision we make to praise, to laud, to magnify the
Lord with our understanding. Worship, on
the other hand, comes out of our spirit.
Worship comes from a place of love, a place of intimacy, a place of
desire. Worship is adoration! Worship is the expression of love, spirit to
cannot praise without expressing words that we choose out of a heart’s desire to
magnify the Lord. Worship, on the other
hand, while words certainly can be used, does not necessarily need words at
all. Worship is the pouring forth of
one’s spirit in a way that words fail to express.
can use the illustration of speaking in tongues as an example. When we pray or when we praise, we choose the
words that come out of our mouths. When
we need to intercede, intercession comes out of our spirits. Words fail us. Hence, we cease to try and figure out what
needs to be said and we pray in other tongues.
Our natural minds shut off.
Reasoning plays no part whatever.
We yield ourselves to Holy Spirit and He ministers the need to the
Throne using our mouths as the means to voice the need but expresses things
according to the Will of God. We become
the vessel of expression, but that which comes forth comes directly spirit to
same holds true in worship. When we sing
in other tongues — languages for which we have no learning or understanding —
our minds shut off but our spirit is totally yielded to Holy Spirit. We are worshiping spirit to spirit.
get back on track again. Consider what
David writes in the 104th Psalm.
Psalm 24: 33-35:
I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise
to my God while I have my being. My
meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
the meditation? We’re talking spirit to
Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked
be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.
these statements we have a perfect picture of what took place when praise and
worship began to go forth out of Israel on a 24-hour basis. We also have a picture of that for which our
anointing is destined.
prophesied the following when he was describing the thousand year reign of
peace on the Earth. He first prophesies
this concerning the coming of Messiah (see Isaiah 11), and then as he wraps up
his prophecies, we see the following:
Isaiah 65:20-25: There shall be
no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days:
for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an
hundred years old shall be accursed. And they shall build
houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the
fruit of them.
They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant,
and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people,
and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour
in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the
blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are
yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb
shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall
be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy
mountain, saith the LORD.
anointing is such that we will demonstrate on earth that which takes place in
Heaven. The demonstration of our
anointing is to show the world at large — and particularly, those who have not
come into a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ — that which takes place
with His total rulership, and that which takes place when we cover the land in
continuous praise and worship.
we have an anointing that awaits the body of Christ unlike any anointing the
world has ever seen. Yes, there are
anointings for ministry. Yes, there are
the anointings that take place for the various callings and facets of who Jesus
is, but all of those anointings are designed to bring us to the place that we
fulfill the heart of the Lord. Our
purpose and calling is to accomplish that for which we have been created. We have been created for His pleasure! We have been created for an anointing to
minister around the Throne of God!
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we just want to let you know that beginning with the month of July and
continuing until the first Monday night in October, we will be taking a break
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At the same time, in
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