This is a great post! Please read this one before reading mine, or you may not understand what I’m talking about.
Have any of you had experience with prophetic worship? Just like Santistevan comments in his post, I think that there can be a stigma that this kind of worship is a bit mystical or just plain looney. And I must say, in my experience, I have seen the looney side of prophetic worship.
The church I grew up in was an amazing church. It is there that I learned how to worship. It is there that I truly found God. I’m not sure if it was because the church was a Pentecostal church or what, but at time our worship services got crazy. I mean that in a good way and a bad way. People there would definitely worship Jesus with their whole hearts.
There were times, however, when an imbalance crept in. As a child, I remember people categorizing a service as good or bad simply based on whether or not the preacher got to preach. There were times when the music went on for 2-3 hours, and many times it was due to individuals engaging in their own “prophetic style” worship.
As I got older, I found myself getting a it caught up in this type of worship, hoping that God would just move mightily and that the pastor wouldn’t get to preach. (Why was I so afraid of the Word being brought forth?) Week after week, this would go on, and week after week, I started to feel less and less close to God. Shouldn’t I have felt closer to God? I started to become jaded, and I didn’t know why.
That’s when I started to pull back. I ended up becoming a lot more introverted and not nearly as expressive in worship. I decided that prophetic worship might be meant for me in my quiet times more than for corporate worship. In a way, I then became unbalanced in the opposite direction. Go figure!
I’ve often heard it said that the truth usually lies in the middle somewhere, and I believe that’s true in this case. I’m so glad we found Hope Fellowship, because here we’ve found a balance between passionate worship and sound theologically-based teaching. We have amazing times of worship that are real. God’s presence will completely wreck our worlds, and it’s awesome. But His presence speaks to us, at times, even louder through the teaching and preaching of the Word. It is there that we really hear His voice clearly.
At Hope, we definitely leave room in our worship for what is commonly known as prophetic worship. I like to call it “thoughtful worship,” because I think the word prophetic freaks some people out. I use the term “thoughtful,” because for me, this type of worship draws our hearts and our thoughts towards the Father. We stop and consider His truth, His strength, His mercy, and His compassion, and He changes us.
Just this past week, as we were singing We The Redeemed the Holy Spirit began to speak to my heart. We extended that song a bit to allow all of our congregation to just pour out their hearts to God. It was truly remarkable, at least for me. God loves to hear our voices; our own words. Lots can be said through a song, but more can be said when we start to get real with our Savior. I believe that God did some things in people’s hearts at the end of that song. The proof is in the fruit. Did what you experience Sunday change anything in your life? That’s ultimately the point.
And the speaker still got to speak!
I went through a period in my life where I lost the importance and value of prophetic worship. Now God is re-teaching me, and I’m so thankful. And I’m very grateful for people like David Santistevan, who put it all into perspective for me. If you didn’t take a moment to read his post before you read mine, please do! It’s very good stuff!
Take some moments this week and read through some of the Psalms. There’s where I’ve been stuck for the last few weeks, and God has been speaking to me through these prophetic songs.
What is your experience with prophetic worship? Has the worship at Hope drawn you closer to Him? I love to hear your feedback!