My “Prophetic Psalming” article was published in 1997 by The Morningstar Journal. This article is condensed from my teaching entitled, “The Open Door.” To order “The Open Door” click here.
King David was a warrior, prophet, king and, no less importantly, a psalmist. Near the end of his reign, he established an orchestra and choir of 4000 Levitical musicians (I Chronicles 23:1-5). Of this number, 288 were specifically anointed to prophesy “according to the order of the king” and were “instructed in the songs of the Lord” (I Chronicles 25:2, 7). These were the psalmists, a group who carried on David’s ministry of worship to the Lord and for the people.
Where are the people called and anointed for this ministry today? How are they prepared and trained? What are some characteristics of psalmist worship and praise? What effect will greater restoration of this ministry have on the body of Christ and the world?
This is an exciting time for the church. We are in preparation for the harvest, and prophetic worship is one of the keys that will bring it about. Just as God is restoring the prophetic ministry in general, the time has come for the church to regain the awesome power of prophetic psalming.
The Key of David Opens the Door
“These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth” (Revelation 3:7).
The Key of David is in the Lord’s hand. He entrusts it to those who are open to prophetic worship and psalming. Whether they realized it or not, the people of Israel continually proclaimed God’s prophecies concerning the coming Messiah when they sang the Psalms of David. They were “door openers” who voiced prophetic preparation before the birth of Jesus. With greater revelation than the Jews of the Old Testament, today’s psalmists are called to lead a procession in the Spirit which prepares the way for the Second Coming of our Lord. Through worship and intercession, the Key of David is still available for those who will receive this treasure in their hearts and use it skillfully with their hands.
An open door is the means of entrance. Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture” (John 10:9). The psalmist is called to lead the body of Christ to and through the open door. One door is inward, the door of salvation for an individual. Psalmist ministry can open the door of evangelism (I Corinthians 16:9) and people will be gloriously saved.
Once we come to know the Lord, the greatest door for the Key of David to open is the door in heaven (Revelation 4:1). This is the door through which we enter the heavenly realm through worship, intercession and psalming. Although God is always present, there are times when we enter His very throne room. We don’t often stay there long because our mortal bodies can’t handle it. However, in that place, psalmists can fulfill their highest call—singing to the Lord Himself. “Come, let us go up!” (Micah 4:2)