Occasionally the solo is compelling. Mostly the magnificent of music comes from the weaving together of different components.
The melody and the bass cleft. The ever changing cadence and the rise and fall of the pitch. The voices and the instruments. Change one instrument or one singer and there is a difference in the whole. Think of the classic songs that are a “must” in the repertory of each great singer.
Now, in addition to the score, the instruments and the singers, factor in the spirit.
Think of Amazing Grace sung by a prodigious sinner with a magnificent voice, backed up by an exceptional orchestra of highly talented creative heathen.
By contrast, there is Andre Crouch singing “My Tribute.” He was a PK with the redemptive gift of Servant. It is too funny watching his YouTube videos. Only half of each clip is singing, because before he sings, he has to honor everyone from the third assistant usher to his ancestors. He has lived and walked a lifestyle of giving honor. He had some hardships as a child and God met him in a transformational way.
When you take his Servant gift and allow it to be unpacked in a lifestyle of building platforms under other people, he had a spirit majestically equipped to sing that song. Yes, there were other musicians involved, and I am sure if I understood music theory, there would be some fascinating things about the score, but mostly, I soar to the spirit of the man who was fit to sing those words.
Now imagine building a worship team based on the redemptive gifts of the musicians and the ways they had unpacked their treasures. It is an art form that is not widely considered these days, when musical skill is elevated above spiritual depth.
While we have not even begun to scratch the surface of this art, God knows every nuance. So I ponder the expression of worship that He deems paramount for the rebuilding of the broken world: Egypt and Assyria. Ruler and Exhorter.
It is intriguing that the Giver tribe is left out. They are identified with the altar of incense which represents worshipping intercession. And you see this played out in the Giver nations of the world.
I smile as I read the vapid news stories about President Obama in Kenya. You haven’t done church until you have been in a Kenyan church. With their Giver gift, there is a passion and intensity to their worship and intercession that is rich, full bodied and unlike anything I have found elsewhere in the world.
When Dr. C. Peter Wagner assembled the vast gathering at Ephesus, he tapped the South Korean church to bring 100 of their worshipping intercessors to sing the Hallelujah Chorus in the place where the Ephesians had once rioted about Diana. Once again, the Giver brought high authority.
All this God knows. And He designed them for worshipping intercession. And they do. At the peak of the Antichrist’s power, God will tap 144,000 men from the Giver tribe to sing a song no one else can learn, in order to do a flavor of damage no one else can do to the Antichrist.
But for the rebuilding of the world, God will need a different flavor of worship, so He will weave together the Ruler and Exhorter gifts at an unprecedented level, to synergistically release their treasures in an extraordinary sound.
This too, is the Blessing of Egypt.
This touches a very tender spot in my inner man. I have many close friends of just about every imaginable kind. But I don’t have a single worship partner who is catalytic for me. I long for someone who can hear my heart for God and identify with it and lean into my worship with me, taking me to a higher level.
I long for someone who I can do the same. I need someone who has walked a different path than I have, so he brings something new to the mix, but someone who is close enough to my journey that we can find some common ground. Somewhat the same. Somewhat different.
Able to flow with each other in unscripted, dynamic worship of our Great King.
I don’t have that.
And I long for it.
So let’s turn those longings into warfare prayer.
Copyright July 2015 by Arthur Burk
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