The Power of Anointed Music
By Paul A. Reynolds
“Then Samuel took the horn of oil, anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. … And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took a harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well and the evil spirit departed from him” (1 Samuel 16:13, 23).
Under the dispensation we call law, everything sacred was anointed: the tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, the table of shewbread, the candlestick and all its vessel, the altar of incense, the high priest, and his sons.
David’s music could drive out evil spirits and calm King Saul because the psalmist and his music were anointed.
The holy anointing oil in the dispensation of grace is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. With the anointing comes power (Acts 1:8), fire (Matthew 3:11), rest (Isaiah 28:11-12), and destruction of the yoke (Isaiah 10:27).
Apostolic music should he saturated with the holy anointing (the Holy Ghost).
“Music is the arrangement of sweet sounds; the art of arranging sounds to please the ear’ (Highroad’s Dictionary).
The word music appears 830 times in the Bible. Music was created by God and for God. Thus, the music we create and sing in the house of God is of major importance.
The Bible says that David was a cunning musician: a mighty, valiant man; a prudent man; a comely person; and that the Lord was with him. (See I Samuel 16:18.) Notice, David’s musical ability appears first on this list. The areas of our lives that affect our relationship with God always come first.
Sacred music is to assist the church in worship, evangelize the lost, drive out evil forces, and bring rest and restoration to the worshiper. But the top priority is that our music please the Lord. Talent and cultural style must be subservient to the holy anointing. The audience can feel the anointing.
Music was part of Lucifer’s character. He was created with instruments in him. (See Ezekiel 28:13-14.) His music was beautiful and perfect. (Sec Ezekiel 28:15.) When he corrupted himself, his music also became corrupt.
Rock bands and other worldly, sensual, violent music artists give Lucifer worship. Their corrupt music is instigated by Satan. There is no such thing as Christian rock music any more than there can be Christian adultery or Christian alcoholism. It is sad when a church tries to mix heavenly and hellish music.
Music is important to God and we must please the One who gives the anointing.
Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you (II Corinthians 6:17). That includes our music.
The following cannot be true worship: confused sounds God is not the author of confusion (I Corinthians 14:33); music that does not edify (I Corinthians 14:26); songs that exalt the beat rather than the Lord Jesus Christ; lyrics that cannot be understood (I Corinthians 14:19); songs that manipulate through constant repetition and beat rather than flowing with praise (John 7:38); songs that seek to make the sinner comfortable instead of seeking to please the Lord Jesus Christ (Psalm 22:3); songs that rely on disco lights to emphasize the message, instead of relying on the enablement of the Holy Spirit.
The sassy, presumptuous, and confused sounds of much of so-called religious music do not qualify as spiritual worship. Songs, choruses, and hymns that usher both the sinner and saint into the presence of God please Him. Godly music that refreshes and restores the soul music that does battle with evil principalities and powers is in order.
Music is one of our major spiritual weapons, and the devil is trying to steal that weapon that is mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds (II Corinthians 10:4).
The Power of Anointed Music . By Paul V. Reynolds.