Prophetic Music Overview

King David established two music ministries in the Temple. Four thousand were designated to praise HaShem1. 288 were separated to prophesy on instruments2.

These two music ministries differed in several respects as noted below. In this context, our focus is on the Prophetic Music ministry.

Praise (1 Chronicles 23)

Prophecy (1 Chronicles 25)

Scripturally, we see music used in different expressions. For example, music is used in praise, thanksgiving, testimony, teaching, story telling, prayer, and prophecy. Praise music expresses praise. Teaching music helps teach. Prayer music expresses prayer. Prophetic music expresses prophecy.

The style or sound of the music expression depends upon the artist, the culture, and what is appropriate to the time and place. For example, praise music can be loud and energetic, but it can also be sedate and quiet.

These expressions can be previously scored and arranged, completely spontaneous, or somewhere in between these extremes.

For example, in many Messianic synagogues, our praise and worship services tend to be a blend of mostly praise, thanksgiving, prayer, and prophetic songs. The styles are usually a blend of Klezmer and traditional chants to jazz, rock, and ethnic influences. The songs are performed as written and arranged with some limited improvisational interludes.

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"Then David and the generals of the army separated for the service of the sons of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, who prophesied with harps, with lyres, and with cymbals." (Divrei Hayamim I 25:1 / Chronicles I 25:1)

Check out:

Root Signals - Rohn Price continues to explore prophetic music with Josh Shaftel and Alanna Price

Remnant Eleven - "Messianic Fusion" band intially formed by three of our prophetic music regulars.