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"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." (Col. 3:16-KJV) "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." (Eph. 5:19-KJV)
When David sang: "Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul, " (Psalm 25:1) he spoke of the way in which the prophetic Spirit of God lifts the heart of the worshipper from out of his troubles and into the heavenly realm in which he or she finds fellowship with God. Psalmists have been referred to as "inspired or anointed ones" who claim Spirit-given revelations, and call their gifting "prophetic." In past centuries, the charismatic group of Huguenots called themselves "the children of God". Vast numbers of Huguenots met death in local French prisons or were executed on the torture wheel. Others were shipped off to sea to serve as galley slaves, in the galleys of the Royal French Navy. Not many survived. In the Cevennes, which was the ancient stronghold of this branch of Huguenots, they went into battle chanting Marot's version of the sixty-eighth psalm, "Let God arise, and His enemies be scattered, and it's been said that every man became a lion.
Et 1'on verra dans un moment Abandonner la place; Le camp des enncmics epars, Epouvante de toutes parts, Fuira devant sa face.
THE PROPHETIC MINISTRY OF THE LEVITES
Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the order of David king of Israel." (Ezra 3: 10) God ordained that the priests praise Him with trumpets. We read in scripture of both rams horns, (shofars) and silver trumpets being used in worship. Cymbals and other instruments, were used by the Levites in the time of David. Nehemiah gives an account of the dedicatory services held in the days of Zerubbabel. In Nehemiah 12: 24, the Prophet states: "And the chiefs of the Levites . . . to praise and give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward against ward." Verse 36 says: "And his brethren, . . . with the musical instruments of David the man of God." Verse 45 says: "And they kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, and so did the singers and the porters, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son."
After David invented the instruments of music, he, in the psalms, exhorted that they together with dance, should be used to give praise and honour and glory to the Lord God.
David understood prophetic worship and trained Levites in the use of this both in song and instrumental music. "David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be built for the Lord must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death." This service was introduced to add earthly splendor to the kingdom among the nations, not to obey God. That this earthly splendor and glory were not pleasing to God is clear. Haggai (2: 7-9) the prophet, said of the second temple: "I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. The prophet prophesied that the glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former.
BECOMING A PSALMIST
In many of the psalms concerning Mashiach/Christ, the people of God are invited to sing praise to God; such as in Psalms forty seven, sixty eight, and the ninety fifth, and in many of the prophesies of Isaiah it is declared, that not only the watchmen, and ministers of the word, "should lift up the voice, and with the voice together sing;" but that believers "should break forth into joy, and sing together." (Isa. 52:7-9; see Isa. 26:1, 35:1, 2, 54:1) Music in ancient Israel, and even in New Testament times, was partof family gatherings and celebrations. (Gen. 31:27, Luke 15:25) It was used to celebrate military victories in Exodus 32:17-18. The Hebrew people sang praise to God as they worked in Isaiah 16:10. Music was also part of life in the king's court. (1 Chron. 15:16, 23:5; 25:6-7)
Moses and Miriam, and the women together with her, sang songs of praise on the shores of the Red Sea, after God miraculously delivered His peole Israel. Deborah sang with Barak; and Jeremiah prophesied that "women" should come dancing, and young men and old men together and "shout for joy in the heighth of Zion." They will rejoice in God's bounty, even the young of the flocks and herds. (Jer. 31:8-12)
The strength of the French Huguenots was the result of their belief that God was sovereign in every area of life, and that He had made them more than conquerors through Christ.
In the sixteenth century the Huguenots of France were known for their psalm singing. They drew inspiration from the Psalter, and it's psalms became their battle cry. They sang as they ate their meals, or as they engaged themselves in work, as well as when they worshiped. They sang as they rows in the galleys of ships in which they were imprisoned, and they sang in the fires of persecution, through charred lips. They sang when they went out into battle. When in the midst of battle, the psalms were chanted whenever sentries took their posts. The chanting of certain psalms signified certain things. Chanting Psalm 3 was a signal for danger. Whenever a Huguenot heard this psalm, he knew an attack by the enemy was imminent.
James speaks of praising God when he says, "I will pray with the Spirit, and I will sing with the Spirit also. (1 Cor. 14:15). When Paul and Silas were in prison, they both prayed and sang praises to God. (Acts 16:25).
The hymn "All Hail The Power," often called the "National Anthem of Christendom." The hymn first appeared in the November, 1779, issue of the Gospel Magazine, edited by Augustus Toplady, author of "Rock of Ages". The song's text has been translated into almost every language where Christianity is known. The hymn's author, Edward Perronet was born at Sundridge, Kent, England, in 1726. He was a descendant of a distinguished French Huguenot family who had fled to Switzerland and later to England because of the religious persecution in France.
God wants us to know Him as our holy Father, and Provider, who is providing for us faithfully even when circumstances seem like our needs are going unmet. He longs to see us mature into people who believe, by faith, that all our suffering is to Him a "beautiful censor" which sends forth the fragrance of our living sacrifice, as a sweet-smelling odour to Him.
Paul wrote to the Philippians in Philippians 3:10, stating:
"That I may know Him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings..."
(a) All believers who are redeemed through the atoning sacrifice of Yeshua/Lord Jesus, will suffer persecutions! When He was on the cross, we were "on His mind" as the old song says. We were in Him, and one with Him. His sufferings and death were our sufferings and death. "The world is crucified unto me and I unto the world" We are crucified with Mashiach/Christ, risen with Him, and seated with Him in glory. (b) We enter into participation or fellowship with Christ when we honour God by loving Him with all of our heart, mind and strength. He lived to do the will of the Heavenly Father. We glorify God when we "esteem the reproach of Christ greater riches that the treasures, honor, and glory of this world" Identifying with Yeshua/Jesus and His Gospel, we will find ourselves despised, rejected of men, persecuted and scorned for our belief and our witness of Christ and the Gospel. But we must "count it all joy" to suffer for His name, for if we suffer with Him we shall also reign with Him. (c) There is a fellowship of we have with other like minded believers who also suffer for His name here on this earth. Who suffer for His glory and according to His Divine will and purpose in order that they may minister called the people of God. The Apostle Paul wrote "The God of all comfort comforts us in all our troubles and tribulations, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God." (II Corinthians 1:3)
Suffering for God is the highest privilege which can be accorded as His creation. The Philippians knew this by experience, for they were graciously granted not only to believe on Christ, but to suffer for His sake. (1:29)
STAND UP, STAND UP FOR JESUS
In the words of gospel song writer Reuben Saillens:
Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross; Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory His army shall He lead, Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;
If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear; Where’er ye meet with evil, within you or without, Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey; Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;
The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer; Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post, Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain, And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.
Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
This day the noise of battle, the next the victor's song. To those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be; They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.
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