1 Chronicles 25
How many ways does God have to communicate to us? The possibilities must be endless. He is not limited by time, space, language, or even the prior ability to talk (remember Balaam’s donkey?). I think this is something we would guess to be true about God, but it’s nice to see it in the Scriptures.
So, maybe it’s because I’m a musician, but this jumped out at me today: "The sons of Jeduthun: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the direction of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp to give thanks and to praise the Lord." (vs 3) Is it just me, or is there something really cool about the idea of prophesying with a harp?
Prophecy and music aren’t usually two things we link together. We tend to think of prophecy as only something done by dusty people in Bible times who went around acting strangely and having visions. But from this chapter, it seems that even a musician can be a prophet. With God, even a harp can become the means for communicating a direct message from on high.
This is especially interesting to me since I spend a lot of time dealing with church worship. There are many people in the church (musicians included) who would like to stuff all of God’s communication into one little box and keep it there. Some say the Word of God only comes through the sermon. Others say it only comes through the music. Still others say that it only comes through reading Scripture. But 1 Chronicles 25 reminds us that God speaks many languages.
For those in our midst who don’t speak music, God communicates with them in another way. For others who can easily turn a deaf ear to a sermon, it may be a song that hits them in the heart.
God is still speaking. So watch out! You never know what tool He will give you to prophesy with. You may prophesy with a piano. You may prophesy with a pen. You may prophesy by speaking. You may prophesy by silence. We humans speak many different languages, and God is fluent in them all. He knows just how to communicate with you!