Separated for Song

by Joanna Pierce on April 25, 2018

On Sunday mornings, most of us just roll out of bed at the last minute, rush to get ourselves and our children ready, speed to church, and arrive just minutes before the service begins. We enjoy the presence of God moving throughout the worship service, devour the Word, and relish in the love of God pouring over us during the altar call.

But, do we ever stop to think about what’s happened earlier that day or even the previous week to allow us to enjoy such a powerful, anointed service?

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 (I Chronicles 25:1, KJV).

In the Old Testament, King David separated individuals for a specific service. This wasn’t a church service to attend away from the rest of the people. David appointed church members for a servicing ministry. This ministry would be comprised of musical instruments and song, and they would serve God and the people of Israel through music. He was sanctioning a music ministry team.

It’s easy to think about music just being a “part” of the church service. People blessed with the ability to play instruments and to sing haven’t just found an outlet to use a talent. They’re serving in a specialized ministry created and sanctioned by God.

God has anointed these individuals to be able to cultivate an atmosphere for His presence to dwell. This is why when we walk into the house of God, we feel His presence and desire to lift up praises to Him. Long before we’ve ever stepped foot into the church, the music ministry team has been practicing—singing and worshipping God and getting His attention. They’re doing on the hard work so that we can reap the benefits!

King David told the music ministry team their ministry would be wrought with the prophesying of harps, psalteries, and cymbals. Our music ministers are speakers of the Word of God, proclaiming His truth through music and song. If the Word is God Himself (John 1:1), our music ministers are loosing His presence every time they praise in song. This why we can come into church on Sunday morning and know God’s presence is already there.

This Sunday is music minister appreciation day. I’m not only thankful for the lovely presence of God in our church services, but I’m thankful for the music ministry team that works hard to help perpetuate His presence. Let’s take time this Sunday to honor our music ministers. They’ve been called and chosen to do a great work in God’s Kingdom and in our local churches.

Thank you to all our music ministers for prophesying the Word of God through music and song. The church is blessed because of your ministry and sacrifice.