So much weird stuff happens to Saul when he comes in contact with a group of prophets that we often miss the simple components of the story. You may recall that Samuel told Saul that he would “meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre before them, prophesying. Then the Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man” (1 Sa 10:5-6). Samuel’s words came true and Saul began to have a transformative supernatural experience. He came in contact with a group of prophetic worship musicians and as their little band played, the Spirit came upon Saul.
This may sound odd, but many stories today in supernaturally-minded churches are reminiscent of this one. Musicians show up and worship and as they do, God shows up and does things. They know that this is a component of finding the presence of God, so they join in the tradition of the prophets of old.
And in light of this story, why would we ever think that worship music isn’t important? After all, these are prophets that are playing music—the people who know God’s voice and speak on His behalf. For some reason they are equipped with instruments in hand, as though these are the weapons of the prophethood.
And so when we take up our instruments before other Christians, we are joining in the strategies of old. We worship. We sing. We dance. And we get blasted by the rush of the Spirit and prophesy.
This is an excerpt from my book, The Rush and the Rest.