Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The Sound of Many Waters
"His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters." Revelation 1:15
"And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne.." Revelation 14:2-3a
"..the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters.." Revelation 19:6
As I was preparing to lead worship for Tuesday night's prayer meeting at church I felt the Lord was asking me to lead the congregation in "new songs". As I pondered on what this meant I was led to the passages in Revelation concerning the sound of many waters. It's interesting that the voice of Jesus is as the sound of many waters, the same as the voice of the multitudes, His saints, gathered worshipping in heaven, who sang "new songs".
As I meditated on these thoughts I realized that God wanted us to sing prophetic new songs that were actually the voice of Jesus as all of us together sang with one voice. "The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" (Revelation 19:10) - as we sing together new songs with one voice it is the voice and testimony of Jesus and this is the spirit of prophecy.
What the Lord was saying was that we were to sing new songs not just with one person standing with the microphone singing a spontaneous spiritual song, but as one whole body sounding forth as the sound of many waters - each having streams of living waters flowing from them, combining as a whole to form many waters, a mighty river!
As I studied further I realized this "new song" (Psalm 33:3) or "spiritual song" (Ephesians 5:19) was a song of "deliverance" (Psalm 32:7) when sung in congregation. This was the case with Jehoshaphats worshippers who went ahead of the army before the enemy. As they sang a new song of spontaneous prophetic praise (in Hebrew "tehilla" ) "the Lord sent ambushes against" their enemies (2 Chronicles 20:22-23).
At first I was going to lead worship as usual, going through the songs I had prepared. However, the keyboard player turned up late and there were only two other musicians who turned up. After having practiced the songs we went into our pre-service prayer where we pray in the spirit and seek the face of the Lord. During this time the Lord gave me a "new song" (see the poem below). I sang it out and then all the congregation started singing it together. I heard the sound of many waters. After that we went into about an hour of singing almost all "new songs" (one songs we knew - The River of God - and at least five spontaneous "new songs").
Many of the songs were in response to spoken prophecy and directly songs aimed at declaring deliverance (one was declaring deliverance from Giants in our lives such as when David came against Goliath. The words went something like "You come to me with sword and spear, but I have no need to fear, I come to you in the name of the Lord.")
As the "new songs" came forth "as the sound of many waters" in congregational singing there was such a powerful prophetic anointing and the Glory of God filled the place as the waters cover the seas. It was truly wonderful and I believe a fresh revelation from the Lord.This was the most enjoyable time i've had leading worship and very "easy" and "light".
Let's come together and sing new songs, the sound of many waters, songs of deliverance.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah Praise the Lord
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, glory to His name.
Hallelujah, Hallelujah Praise the Lord,
Yesterday, today and forever the same.
"Lord God, You are awesome, so much greater and bigger than we can think or imagine. Let us not limit You but allow You to be who You are and have Your way in our midst. You rejoice over us with singing and we join in that song together as one, a new song, the sound of many waters, songs of deliverance. Take us deeper Lord. Amen!"