Song and Sound Instruction Part 2 – Ps Sharon Bendixen (WTB)
Scripture reference: Song of Solomon 5:1 (MSG); Revelation 18:1-5 (MSG); Revelation 18:21-22 (MSG); Isaiah 24:5-11 (MSG); Ezekiel 26:13-14 (NKJV); Revelation 12:9 (KJ21); Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLT); Psalm 137:1-4 (KJ21); 1 Corinthians 2:9-14 (KJV); 2 Chronicles 5:12-14 (KJV); 2 Chronicles 5:12-14 (AMP); Acts 15:16-17 (NKJV); 1 Chronicles 13:1-14 (AMPC); 1 Chronicles 15:1-4 (AMPC); 1 Chronicles 15:12-16 (AMPC); 1 Chronicles 15:18-22 (AMPC); 1 Chronicles 15:26-29 (AMPC); 1 Chronicles 16:4 (AMPC); John 3:16 (NKJV); John 15:26 (AMPC); John 16:13-14 (AMPC); Matthew 16:18 (ESV); 1 Chronicles 12:28 (KJV); 2 King 3:15 (KJV)
Well, Father, we thank You for Your presence here today. Thank You for Your Words that You have to say. Thank You, that You will speak through this earthen vessel today by Your spirit; clear, with great boldness and certainty, Father, speaking as the oracles of God. We receive everything that You have for us, in Jesus name. Amen. You may be seated. Thank you. Thank you music ministry. Hallelujah. Musicians and singers.
Good morning everybody. It’s a good day. You are all welcome here today, you would have received an invitation this morning, you would have received a copy of the words of Psalms 139. It’s one of the songs that’s going to be launched next Sunday, one of the Songs of Psalms that the Lord asked us to sing, and gave a beautiful melody. So, on the 24th of the tenth, you’ll see a little card here called “Special Celebration. With joyful hearts, we invite you to a day of Celebration and Song at 9:30 am.” That is the release of the Songs of Psalms next Sunday.
Then you will see another Celebrate with me friends, Pastor John, Raise your glasses to life and love, it’s a scripture out of the Message Bible. Celebrate with me, friends! Raise your glasses—“To life! To love!” (Song of Solomon 5:1 MSG) We will also be celebrating in a wonderful way our forty years, with the Lord in marriage. Glory to God.
We look forward to seeing you all there. We’re going to…[Pastor John says they must come] Oh, they will John, I wanted to actually tell them to come early, to get a seat. Oh, that’s right, we’re going to feast. It’s going to be a one and a half to two hours celebration. Celebrating the songs that are now complete, The Songs of Psalms, and celebrating our 40 years with Jesus and His Word in marriage. You are very welcome.
When we’re done then there are some feasties at the back there, and coffee and tea and things to feast on. Nice savoury things and nice sweet things for us all to enjoy together. Right?
I’m going to get into my message immediately. The instruction that I received from the Lord was to prepare, prepare My people for the release of these Sounds and Songs. Prepare My people for the release of the Songs and the Sounds so that they can be ready for it, to do what it needs to do. I’m just going to read all the things that came out of Pastor John’s heart by the Holy Spirit. What these Sounds and Songs would do, draw people, draw them into the intimacy of the Holy One. Break down strongholds. Draw people to Jesus, those who have not yet met Jesus. Cause them to fall down and repent and to give their lives to Jesus. Turn from their old ways and come into the new ways of Jesus. Permeate people of Heritage of Faith. Many healings will now take place, emotional changes will happen. People will give up their old ways and come into the new, depression will leave, oppression will leave, people will see the light and the freedom in the name of Jesus. These Songs and Sounds will penetrate the darkness of the human mind, penetrate the darkness of the soul that is turned against God, penetrate the darkness of depression and oppression, penetrate the darkness of all kinds of manner of sickness and disease, penetrate the darkness of poverty, penetrate the darkness of religious spirits, and all kinds of ways of men that have turned against God. Those are the God results that He declared and that He is bringing to pass.
Last week, the Lord wanted me to share my journey with Him in Song and Sound which was very personal. It’s always been personal, and I shared with you how it literally rocked my world and Blew My Mind, now that we all understand those messages. When Pastor John made the announcement here on the Sunday in 2017, announcing that I would be the Chief Psalmist and Co-Spiritual leader with him over the Music Ministry. That’s important too. So, because the Lord had said to me a couple of weeks previously, “Sharon, I’m holding you personally responsible for the spirituality of My Music Ministry.”
I wanted to just talk a little bit to you about it, because just last night as I was going to sleep, the Lord just said to me, “Just explain to them what responsible for spirituality of Music Ministry is, being responsible for spirituality, the spirituality.” I can only be responsible for the spirituality of the Music Ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ in His Church, to the degree that I am spiritual. The spirituality of Music Ministry comes from One Being only and that is the Holy Spirit. All true spirituality comes from God, the Holy Spirit. So, I am to be responsible—to be in this marvellous fellowship with God, the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus asked the Father to send from heaven to earth. He came as a Sound from heaven, Sound. He filled 120 men and women with Himself, in this church dispensation, in this time of the church. It is the Dispensation of the Holy Spirit. God the Father, and God, the Son sent the Holy Spirit to orchestrate everything in the church. He does not orchestrate it independently.
Jesus said, in the Book of John, I believe it’s chapter 16, where Jesus said, “The Holy Spirit will come, He will draw from what is Mine, and He will declare and disclose and transmit it to the church.” (John 16:13-14 AMPC) The Holy Spirit is the One that will come, Jesus said, and lead.
He is orchestrating everything in the church, now. What He hears from the Lord Jesus, He draws from Jesus because Jesus said, “Everything that the Father has is Mine.” He must lead. Jesus in John chapter 15 said, “The Holy Spirit will come and He will lead, He will lead, the Holy Spirit will lead.” (John 15:26 AMPC) That is the reason He is here on earth—is to lead in His church, to lead in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. He must transmit, declare and disclose and reveal everything concerning everything in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. He does this in His order by transmitting, declaring, disclosing to leaders that He’s called, that He is placed that are listening to the Holy Spirit, that are in fellowship with the Holy Spirit, to where they are receiving transmission, declaring from the Holy Spirit, disclosing from the Holy Spirit.
This is what the Lord said to me. “If the Holy Spirit is not leading in the church, then Jesus is not building there.” If the Holy Spirit is not the one leading in the church, leading everything, the Prayer Ministry, the Message Ministry, the messages that come from this pulpit, the Music Ministry, the Helps Ministry, all of the ministries, the Grace Ministries. If the Holy Spirit is not the one leading the ministries then Jesus is not building. Because when Jesus made that statement, “I will build My church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18 ESV) He knew that the Holy Spirit would come and the Holy Spirit would draw from what is Jesus because Jesus is the head of the church and that He would transmit and declare and disclose to apostles, prophets, teachers, pastors and evangelists who would then disclose, transmit, declare it, reveal it, to the sons of God that are planted in the local church, who would then receive it, believe it because they have the Holy Spirit in them.
They would witness that this is the Word of the Lord, these are the ways of the Lord. So, where the Holy Spirit is not permitted to lead, Jesus is not building there and then He finished it off with saying, and so then the gates of hell will prevail there. There’ll be all kinds of things and darkness going on that was not His intention.
The spirit realm dimension. I’m just starting with this because God knows where I’m going. So, occupying, the Lord gave Pastor John a Word, I believe it was in 2017, we are to occupy spirit realm dimensions allotted us.
So, there’s a spirit realm dimension of Song and Sound that Jesus, the Head of the Music Ministry, in His church, is wanting to occupy, wanting the church, only the church that’s following the leading of the Holy Spirit can occupy in the spirit realm. Only spirit can occupy spirit realm. Soul cannot occupy spirit realm. Flesh and blood cannot occupy spirit realm. Only spirit can occupy the spirit realm. So, the church is supposed to occupy, right?
The statement that I read to you last week, where Pastor John spoke to the then called Praise and Worship group, he said, “Most of the music happening in the body of Christ today, people are having interactive soul experiences. Soul experiences.” You are a three-part being for those of you that might be here for the first time, you are spirit, soul, and body. Your spirit is that part of you that gets born again. That’s instantly the moment you get born again, has the capacity to be able to connect immediately with the Holy Spirit who lives inside of you. Who did the creative, recreative miracle of making your spirit alive to God? From that moment, the Holy Spirit is in you and you can have an interactive experience with the Holy Spirit. Your soul is that part of you, that is your mental intellect, your emotions and your will. Now, the way that God intended you and I to live is to live with a strong spirit that then can flow accurately through the will with the emotions being accurately spiritual.
The emotions being expressed accurately because your spirit man is the dominant one because you’ve fed it with the Word of God, you have fed it with the messages that the Spirit of God is bringing every single Sunday, you fed it, you fed it, you fed it. Hallelujah.
You’ve fed it with Scripture. You fed it, you’ve fed it with intimacy with the Lord. You’ve fed it fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit. You fed it being not drunk with wine but being filled with the Spirit. Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, and singing and making melody in your heart. You fed it because you’re listening, you’re listening, you’re allowing the sounds and the songs. There are many ways.
You don’t have a different way to get your spirit strong, to what I have. God has given us spiritual things, praying in the Spirit. Jesus said, “The Words that I’m speaking to you, they are spirit.” Praying in the spirit, walk in the spirit, fruit of the spirit. That is the mandate that is upon Pastor John and I. What’s the point of being a Christian? If all you’re going to have is an interactive soul experience like the rest of the world. Our mandate is for you to be spiritual. Why? To be spiritual because that’s the way you bring heaven to earth into your earthen vessel. You already have heaven in your heart by God, the Holy Spirit who lives in you.
I want to clarify something this morning. Powerful did it come from Pastor John. The Holy Spirit is not a person. A person is a human being. According to the dictionary definition. The Holy Spirit is God. He is God, the Holy Spirit, He is God, the Holy Spirit who lives within us. Glory to God.
So, scripture is God-breathed. Holy Spirit breathes, every scripture that comes every Sunday. If you’re going to understand what’s happening in this local church, you’re going to have these messages,—Jesus is bringing to this church,—in your ears, in your heart, in your mouth. “Your Word, my eyes are fixed on Your Word, my heart is filled with these messages, Lord,” because that’s the way that you have recognition of the time because God will send a message, a specific message, to a specific messenger of a specific church. You eat in your own house, you’re supposed to, that’s the pattern of God. When the pattern is right, the glory of God will be revealed. Hallelujah.
So, the new songs are for the new things. The new era. You will find in this church that new songs will come. Maybe every Sunday, they will just keep coming and keep coming. Why? Because its abundant overflow, we are not going to have a backup of songs, waiting for an album launch. Definitely not, they’re coming too fast for that, we will continue to release the songs as the Lord brings them. Glory to God, hallelujah.
Our cup, our Music Ministry cup and our songs are full. Our cup of songs is full and overflowing. So, we’re going to let them overflow. We’re just going to let them overflow and you are wonderful, Heritage of Faith. I commend you for the way in which you engaged and you participated and you reverenced the Holy Spirit. You reverenced the Holy Spirit on Sunday, last Sunday. You just participated and you partook of the great privilege that we all had of moving together with the Holy Spirit. Well done, and you are moving with Songs and Sounds and you are getting it. You are getting it because you are becoming more hungry, you’re being moved because you’ve been served. You’re being served every Sunday with the Word of God, you are being moved, hallelujah, glory. You are becoming more hungry. I commend you, the Lord wanted me to say that today, to commend you. He was watching everything last Sunday and He saw your reverence and how you recognised that it was the Holy Spirit that was moving and not a person.
The new songs are for the new things, the new era from the Church, from those that are appointed unto spiritual responsibility. Only the Holy Spirit knows the current, present things of God, the things of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is building and He is conducting Heritage Music Ministry.
I’m going to read to you, only the Holy Spirit knows the things of God. So, only the Holy Spirit can tell us anything, including Pastor John and including me. It says here, it’s in 1 Corinthians chapter 2. Right, thank you for Your leading here this morning, Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians chapter 2 from verse 9, 9 as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV) Now, I know that I love Him. I know that Pastor John loves Him. I know there are people here that love Him. Jesus said, “If you keep My commandments, you love Me. Those who keep My commandments, who obey My messages, they love Me.” Hallelujah. Glory.
So, it says here; 9 …God hath prepared things for us that love him. 10 But, but, God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit… (1 Corinthians 2:9-10 KJV) You see? God reveals these things to us by His Spirit. Pastor John and I cannot sit and think on a Sunday that we can decide what we want to teach or what we want to minister on. We have to hear from the Holy Spirit. Old habits die hard. [Pastor John: They die quickly.] They die quickly! Ja, they don’t die hard. They die quickly. Right now. Glory.
By His Spirit, He reveals everything to His Church, by His Spirit. He reveals things to you by His Spirit. 10 for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, except the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man. (1 Corinthians 2:10-11 KJV) Pastor John does not know the things of God. It says here the things of God knows no man. I do not know the things of God except He speaks to me and tells me. I cannot suppose that I know what’s going to happen next. He leads. We are led by the Holy Spirit in all things, in everything, in everything. Shew. Glory to God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world (1 Corinthians 2:12 KJV) Oh no, the born-again ones…You might partake of the spirit of the world because you are not building a strong spirit for yourself with the Word of God and with praying in the Spirit and purposing to walk in the Spirit. You may be partaking of the spirit of the world, but we’ve not been given the spirit of the world.
We’ve not been given the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. I’m talking about music ministry this morning, now. 13 Which things also we speak. (1 Corinthians 2:12-13 KJV) So, we receive from Him instruction; “Sing the Psalms, Sharon, and I will come. I will give you legacy transfer as far back as David if you want it, but it is spiritually discerned.” That’s what I read to you last week. Then I speak, that’s how I say, like Jesus, I say only the things I hear my Father saying. It’s how you’re supposed to live as a Christ being not speaking soul things.
You are to have a strong spirit, a strong spirit. Pastor John ministered that in the beautiful seven message series. A strong spirit. A strong spirit. Not a strong soul, determination and resolution and all that. A strong spirit is different to a strong soul. Do not suppose you have a strong spirit because you have a strong soul. You think you have a strong spirit because you have a strong mind and you have strong emotions and you have a strong will. That is not a strong spirit. A strong spirit comes from Spirit Words and Spirit life because you’re putting it into your spirit and you’re speaking Spirit Words and you’re singing in the Spirit, 1 Corinthians 14, and you’re praying in the Spirit and you’re developing the fruit of the Spirit and you’re communing and fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit. Same for all of us. This is important because God is wanting the Church, this church, to occupy the spirit realm dimensions, with Sound and Song.
Verse 14, 14 but the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV) If you’re going to be concerned with natural things, most of your time is taken up with your natural world and in your natural world, with your natural conversations, and your natural thinking. You’re not, you are taking up all that space that actually should be spiritual, spiritual thinking, heavenly minded, setting your mind on things that are above, setting your eyes and putting the messages and filling your life with spirit life.
The natural man receives not the Spirit of God for they are foolishness unto him. (1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV) Why? Because he didn’t get it spiritually. He didn’t see. He didn’t take it. Then it says here, very interesting, neither can he know them. You can’t. If you’re not spiritual, you can’t see. You won’t see. You can’t, it’s not possible for a natural man to see spiritual things. If you’re natural all the time, your world will be natural. You might have glimpses, and sometimes you’re in a Sunday morning service and it’s like, Huh, oh, yeah. That’s the Holy Spirit. Yeah, yeah. But you’re not really seeing because Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, natural, natural, natural. You suppose that a few moments on the Sunday morning services is going to outweigh all of the other six days of natural?
No, no. A strong spirit needs three square meals a day, at least. So, neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. Thank You, Lord, He is building and conducting, Heritage Music Ministry.
Now I’m going to move right along, and I’m going to go, because the Lord told me to tell you that in His Music Ministry, in His local church, His order is of utmost importance to Him. I got taught these things by the Holy Spirit. A lot of things for Music Ministry, I must tell you, I learned, and I’m going to just go there quickly. I learned from a spiritual father of mine, Kenneth E. Hagin. Where we were planted in our church for 19 years, he was the spiritual leader of that church. Even though we were in South Africa, he was our spiritual leader. He would come over from time to time in the way that Brother Jerry comes up from time to time here. I learned many years ago, I’m going to just read to you what I learned, he was neither a singer nor a player of any instrument. In fact, his singing teachers said to him, you don’t have to come anymore, but that meant nothing to him because he was spiritual. A spiritual man, a spiritual man.
We must learn to flow with the Spirit. We must learn to minister under the anointing. We need to understand the role music plays in affecting the ministry. Okay, then he talks about a scripture that I’m not going to go into, Second Kings three, where Elisha called for a minstrel, and his anointing was enhanced. What is the anointing? Oh, people, we have to be so reverent, it is God, the Holy Spirit moving. Either on you, in your heart or amongst us, upon us, within us, amongst us. That’s what the anointing is. It’s not an abstract thing. I would put a capital “A” every time I read the word Anointing. Hallelujah. It is God, the Holy Spirit coming upon.
Even in the Old Testament, He came upon, now He lives within. In the New Covenant, it says here, when the minstrel played that the hand of the Lord came upon him, the hand of the Lord is the Holy Spirit. Bring me a minstrel. And the hand of the Lord came upon him when the minstrel played. (2 Kings 3:15 KJV) The hand of the Lord came upon me, an example last Sunday, because of the Ministry of Music, it enhanced the Holy Spirit wanting to move, right? It enhanced, it helped.
The Music Ministry comes under Second Corinthians, I think it’s Corinthians 12. First Corinthians 12:28, the Ministry of helps. Who does it help? It helps the Holy Spirit to be able to move in His church. Elisha went on to give the message of victory. Music comes under the Ministry of Helps listed in First Corinthians 12:28. Thank God for the Ministry of music. The Bible has much to say about music in connection with worship. We know that music helps us to minister to God. If you play the right kind of music in your home, when you’re praying or studying the Bible, you’ll find what a difference it would make. Music affects all the ministries, it has something to do with the anointing in all of the offices, music can help all ministers, not just the prophets. It’s, but it does seem to me that music has more to do with the prophets office than others because the Prophet must be so sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Then he said this. Sometimes I’ll have the singers, musicians sing and play. If they sing the wrong song, however, they’ll kill the anointing. Right? Why? Because we weren’t being led by the Holy Spirit as to which song to sing.
The words and the tune and the rhythm may be right, but the song is still out of place. When this happens, the Spirit of God lifts from me, it goes as if it were a bird that flew away. No, the Holy Spirit doesn’t stop indwelling me as a believer. But that anointing to minister lifts, music will affect the anointing, we are missing it in the area of the minstrel. Many times, musicians don’t realize their responsibility. They stand in the office of “helps”. They need to pray and get the anointing on them just as much as the preacher does. They need to develop a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and learn how to flow with the Spirit. Singers shouldn’t just get up and sing just to be singing. They need to be anointed, even the choir should be anointed. But people don’t stop to pray before ministering in song. They come into the church from everyday life, laughing and talking. That’s alright in itself because we need fellowship, but really that’s natural. It isn’t spiritual. Before singers minister, singers. We’ll see that, we’re going to look at the order of God, why God wants spiritual people in a church to sing. Because it’s what’s in their spirit that comes out over the people. Now an instrument God will anoint, but an instrument is an inanimate object that God anoints. But a singer what’s, in the singer in the spirit of a singer comes out of the mouth and washes out over the people.
It says here, the singers, before singers minister, they need to take time to get alone with God, take time to pray, stay in His presence to be anointed with fresh oil. I have found that when musicians really flow with the spirit, it will cause the anointing to come on me stronger to stand in the office. You see, he said here, it’s necessary that singers and musicians be in tune with the Spirit of God as much as the minister is, if they’re not, everybody would be better off if there were no musicians participating in the service. That’s the reason I don’t want any kind of singing sometimes.
See, I learned this. I learned this from these books that Jesus told Kenneth Hagin to write, that we’ll be getting soon in our bookshop. Glory to God, Hallelujah. Glory to God. I learned these things when I was in my 20’s. So, it says here, Other things also affect the anointing. Sometimes the environment and certain people present. Okay, I’m not going to go there now. So, there we go. That’s where the Lord wanted me to go.
Now the next thing is He wants us to look at the order. In His Music Ministry, His order is of utmost importance to Him. If we seek Him in Music Ministry after God’s order, if we desire His glory, His manifest presence, His manifest power, and His manifest goodness in our midst. If we desire His glory, His manifest presence, His manifest power among us, as Brother Jerry came, with those seven messages, “Show me Your glory”. I’m still saying that every morning, “Show me Your glory”, Thank you. You show me Your glory, Your manifest goodness, Your manifest power, Your manifest presence. Hallelujah. Glory.
If we are wanting that, in the church, then the pattern has got to be right, then the glory. God’s glory. The pattern has got to be according to God. Second Chronicles 5, verse 12 to verse 14 out of the Amplified Bible, please. Now, this is important for you. Open your heart as you look at the scriptures, let the scriptures speak to you. See the order of God. ¹² And all the Levites who were singers—not everybody where singers,—all of those of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, with their sons and kinsmen, arrayed in fine linen, having cymbals, harps, and lyres—stood at the east end of the altar, and with them 120 priests blowing trumpets; now we know in the new covenant, we are all kings and priests unto God, but the Levites represents the five-fold ministry in the church. 13 And when the trumpeters and singers were joined in unison, making one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and other instruments for song and praised the Lord, saying, “For He is good, for His mercy and lovingkindness endure forever,” then the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud, because the order comes right from verse 12, then the house of the Lord was filled with a cloud, 14 so that the priests could not remain standing to minister because of the cloud; for the glory and brilliance of the Lord filled the house of God. (2 Chronicles 5:12-14 AMP) The glory! So, the pattern was right and the Glory manifested. We find it all over scripture, but I am sticking to the scriptures God has given me.
The tabernacle of David, it is very important for us to understand that the New Testament Church followed the pattern of the tabernacle of David when it came to Music Ministry. It is important for you to understand that. The New Testament Church followed the pattern of David’s tabernacle for Music Ministry, Songs and Sounds. You are going to see this now in Acts 15:16-17. Now there is a lot more to what God is saying here about rebuilding the tabernacle of David, but the Music Ministry part is what I am focusing on here. So here is God. Here is God speaking here in Acts, Spirit of God saying, 16 ‘After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up; 17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,—so when the music ministry of the tabernacle of David can be restored by the Spirit of God in the Church. Mankind will seek God, it is part of the restoration of the tabernacle. Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things.’ (Acts 15:16-17 NKJV)
Now, David, was a man after God’s own heart, one of the reasons being, he loved God’s presence. He desired God’s presence. So, we’re going to have a look and see what David did in 1 Chronicles 13 and this is from the Amplified Bible. Look what David did. A Psalmist, he was a Psalmist. He sang. He played an instrument. He wasn’t a musical virtuoso, but he did sing, and he was a Psalmist. We’re going to follow God’s order. You’re going to look here now. Here’s David in chapter 13. Let me just give you some background. He wants the presence, the Ark coming back, the presence of God is coming and he’s beside himself. Okay.
So, 1 David consulted the captains of thousands and hundreds, even with every leader. 2 And David said to all the assembly of Israel, If it seems good to you, and if it is of the Lord our God, let us send abroad everywhere to our brethren who are left in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites in their cities that have suburbs and pasturelands, that they may gather together with us. 3 And let us bring again the ark, the ark of the Lord was symbolic of His presence, His manifest presence, His manifest power. 3 And let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it during the days of Saul. 4 And all the assembly agreed to do so, All the church agreed, for the thing seemed right in the eyes of all the people. 5 So David gathered all Israel together, now here comes the presence. This is the way David’s bringing the presence. 5 So David gathered all Israel together, from the Shihor, the brook of Egypt [that marked the southeast border of Palestine], to the entrance of Hemath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. 6 And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim which belonged to Judah, to bring up from there, I’m gonna say, the presence of God, the ark of God the Lord, which is called by the name of Him Who sits [enthroned] above the cherubim. 7 And they carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio [his brother] drove the cart. 8 And David and all Israel merrily celebrated before God, we praising, we celebrated, we’re so full of joy. Praise the Lord. Glory to God. We’re so happy, we’re so glad, we’re doing everything that looks like being merry, and celebrating. They celebrated with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and what could be wrong with that? I mean, they’re singing to God, what could be wrong with that? and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets. 9 And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put out his hand to steady the ark, for the oxen [that were drawing the cart] stumbled and were restive. 10 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and He smote him because he touched the ark; and there he died before God.
11 And David was offended, David was offended, but you know, all I want is Your presence, Lord. All I wanted was Your presence. I did everything, just bring Your presence. We just want Your presence, Lord. We sang and danced, and we praised. 11 And David was offended, because the Lord had broken forth upon Uzza; that place to this day is called Perez-uzza [the breaking forth upon Uzza]. 12 And David was afraid of God that day, and he said, How can I bring the ark of God home to me?
He should have asked that question first. How can I bring the ark of God home to me? How can we as a church, as a local church, and His Ecclesia, bring the presence of God to us? How can we? It will not be man’s way, it will be God’s way. It will be because the Holy Spirit has spoken, and we do what He says, we do what He says, then we bring the glory of God and we bring the presence of God, we bring the ark of God here. 13 So David did not bring the ark home to the City of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed… (1 Chronicles 13:1-14 AMPC)
Now we’re going to go to 1 Chronicles 15. It’s very important for us to see this, today. This is training you, teaching you and preparing you to receive the fullness of Sound and Song in your hearts. This message, last week’s message, this week and possibly if the Lord is willing the week after Psalms and Songs is released, that these are messages you will refer to so that you can have the full effect of spiritual sounds and songs in your own personal life. And we can have the full effect of the penetration in the piercing of spiritual songs in us as a collective greatness. Glory to God, because we want the presence of God. We want it His way, not our way.
Here we go. Verse one chapter 15, because chapter 14, you can go and see, he was all over the place, he went there, and he did this and he did that and he forgot about, you know he had to get over himself because he was offended at God. So chapter 15, 1 David made for himself houses in the City of David, and he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. 2 Then David said, None should carry the ark of God but the Levites, he’s given it some thought, and meditation, he has been meditating on some scripture. None should carry the ark of God but the Levites, for the Lord chose them to carry the ark of God and to minister to Him forever. 3 And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it. 4 And David gathered together the sons of Aaron and the Levites: (1 Chronicle 15:1-4 AMPC) Verse 12, 12 And said to them, You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites; sanctify yourselves, both you and your brethren, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. Verse 13 is the verse, you should be underlining it in your Bible 13 For because you bore it not [as God directed] at the first, the Lord our God broke forth upon us—because we did not seek Him in the way He ordained.
We did not seek Him in the way He ordained. We just thought, we’ll do it the way we want it and then his presence must just become, but because it was all out of God’s order, there were consequences, there were consequences. 14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel. 15 The Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses commanded by the word of the Lord. See, David went and had a look at the writings of Moses. 16 David told the chief Levites to appoint their brethren the singers. (1 Chronicles 15:12-16 AMPC) So, it’s the ministry, it’s the fivefold ministries, responsibility for the spirituality of Jesus Music Ministry in his church to appoint, no self-appointed people. Because whom God appoints, He anoints.
16 David told the chief Levites to appoint their brethren the singers, the singers, with instruments of music—harps, lyres, and cymbals—to play loudly and lift up their voices with joy. ¹⁷ So the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari their brethren, Ethan son of Kushaiah; 18 And with them their brethren of the second class; (1 Chronicles 15:16-18 AMPC). So, there are classes here. Different classes of singers and that’s not because we compare and we compete and we go, “I want to be the first class, why am I the second class? I want to be…” That’s not heaven on earth, and it doesn’t happen that way in heaven. It’s the order of God.
And then it says here, ¹⁸ …Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni; God names them; Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play harps [resembling guitars] set to Alamoth [probably the treble voice]; ²¹ Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, and on and on, were to lead with lyres set to Sheminith [the bass voice]. Here’s Chenaniah; Here’s Chenaniah, leader of the Levites. ²² Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in singing, was put in charge of carrying the ark and lifting up song. Now, Pastor John is the spiritual leader over everything, but here is a type of what Pastor John put me in charge of.
²² Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in singing, was put in charge of carrying the ark and lifting up song. “Sharon, the ark. I’m holding you responsible for the spirituality, for My presence to be able to come in Sound and Song.” ²² He instructed about these matters because he was skilled and able. (1 Chronicles 15:18-22 AMPC). Not because he was skilled and able in an instrument, but he was able spiritually. Because he was a Levite, he was skilled and able, spiritually. And then it says here, verse 26, ²⁶ And when God helped the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord [with a safe start], they offered seven bulls and seven rams. ²⁷ David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were the Levites… (1 Chronicles 15:26-27 AMPC).
Clothed with a robe of fine linen; the singers; that’s a symbol of purity. They lived clean. They lived clean before God. They sanctified themselves. They set themselves apart for this helps ministry, to serve the Lord Jesus, the great God, Jehovah. He is merciful, and then it says here, and the singers ²⁷ the Levites who bore the ark, and the singers, that the Levites had appointed, and Chenaniah, director of the music of the singers. This is not a technical musical director. This is a spiritual musical director. Hallelujah. This is one whom the Holy Spirit can direct; use to direct all instruments and all singers. It’s God’s Order. When God’s pattern is right, His glory is manifest.
So, here it says, ²⁷ David also wore an ephod. ²⁸ Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, sound of the cornet, trumpets, and cymbals, sounding aloud with harps and lyres. (1 Chronicles 15:26-28 AMPC). They were doing the same thing that they tried to do in chapter 13, [to audience] can you see that? Now they’re doing it in chapter 14. ²⁹ As the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the City of David… all right, we won’t go there, but this all worked. This all worked, he appointed Levites, look at chapter 16, let’s go there.
Verse 4, ⁴ He appointed Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord and to celebrate [by calling to mind], thanking and praising the Lord, the God of Israel… (1 Chronicles 16:4 AMPC). Do you see the order, instructing song. I’m not going to go into that anymore, I think you understand Chenaniah’s responsibility. Here we go; Chenaniah. Who instructs Cheneniah about the song? The Lord, the Holy Spirit, through the Holy Scriptures. Who put Cheneniah in charge of lifting up the song, of bearing the ark, and what he had to do in procession? Not himself. He was not self-appointed.
It was recognised by those around him that because he was instructed by God in that which was to be observed in it; it was his responsibility because he had been taught and was learnered in song. To be learnered in spiritual songs is very different than to be learnered in the natural world singing. Oh, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. He was responsible, so to speak for the spirituality of the song, and of singing.
Next point. “Where do you want me to go here now, Lord?” Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. So, here we go now… big thing, and I will finish it at another time, but I’m going to go now. Revelation 18. God has been speaking it to us since last year. “Come out of Babylon! Come out of Babylon! Come out of the world system.” Right, here’s Revelation 18, verse 1, ¹ And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. ² And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. ³ For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. ⁴ And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, this is Jesus, come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. ⁵For her sins have reached unto heaven… (Revelation 18:1-5 KJV).
Now, we’re going to verse 21 of the same chapter. ²¹ And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. Verse 22; very important prophetically for us, in our church right now. It’s what the Spirit of God said to me, this year. ²² And the voice of harpers, harpers, those that play instruments; and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee. (Revelation 18:21-22 KJV).
Okay, so this is what He said to me… What Babylon means, I gave you that with I Will Take The Children. It’s an environment devoted to materialism, desire for fame, sensual pleasure, noted for wickedness, it oppresses God’s people. It has occupied the spirit realm dimension of sound and song and music, and God says it will no more because He has found a church that will occupy the Spirit realm, that will obey the Holy Spirit with Sound and Song so that God can have the realm of the Spirit occupied. You will still hear the sounds and songs of Babylon, but they will no more have the impact and the effect and the influence on mankind like they used to. That time is over because it’s the time of God.
God’s desire is for the church to rise up with Sound and Song and occupy the Spirit realm dimensions for Him. Because Jesus defeated Satan, and Satan has been using his dark forces, Satan has been using his dark forces in Sound and Song to impact and influence and bring devastation to the lives of young men and young women and teenagers. Satan has used it, and God says the sound of Babylon, He said to me, “The power of Babylon music has fallen.” He said, “The Power of the Babylonian Sound of Music has fallen, it will never rise again.” They will still play now, but now the Lord occupies the spiritual realm. The Lord God Almighty, His Sound of Music will now be heard in the earth. Because that’s what Pastor John said about, ‘To Occupy’ in 2017. “We are to occupy spirit realm dimensions. We occupy just by being obedient to the Holy Spirit in sound and in song. We occupy it.”
God can say this, and He says, it now in this new era of His church, He is making all things new in it. God has every right to say, “The sound of minstrels, and harpists will not be heard in you anymore.” You’ll no longer impact the lives of men and women. That’s why He brought that Word out of Pastor John. The Spirit of God brought it out of Pastor John. This sound will now pierce and penetrate and bring people to Jesus. This sound will now occupy the realm of the Spirit. So, He can say this, and He does do it now, in this His new era of His church.
I want you to see the scriptures. Okay, Revelation 18:22, Message Bible, right. Are you with me? 22 Silent the music of harpists and singers – You’ll never hear flutes and trumpets again. Artisans of every kind – gone; you’ll never see their likes again. (Revelation 18:22 MSG). Isaiah 24 verse 5 to 11, Message Bible, 5-11 Earth is polluted by its very own people, who have broken its laws, disrupted its order, violated the sacred and eternal covenant. Therefore a curse, like a cancer, ravages the earth. Its people pay the price for the sacrilege. They dwindle away, dying out one by one. No more wine, no more vineyards, no more songs or singers. The laughter of castanets is gone, the shouts of celebrants, gone, the laughter of fiddles, gone.
The Lord showed me this in my Spirit, Pastor John. He showed me that even though worldly music is still going to carry on, it’s going to be so empty inside because now His church occupies the spirit realm. They’re not going to be able to have the involvement of that soul thing that the devil works through anymore. God is occupying the spirit realm. 5-11… no more songs or singers. The laughter of castanets is gone, the shouts of celebrants, gone, the laughter of fiddles, gone. No more parties with toasts of champagne. Serious drinkers gag on the drinks. Their chaotic cities are unlivable. Anarchy reigns. Every house is boarded up, condemned. People riot in the streets for wine, but the good times are gone forever – no more joy for this old world. (Isaiah 24:5-11 MSG).
Why? Because God so loved the world. God so loved the world, that He sent His only Son, Jesus that whosoever should believe in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NKJV) And God is now going to occupy the Spirit realm dimension with Sound and Song, to pierce and penetrate the hearts of young people. Boys and girls and teenagers. Hallelujah.
Ezekiel 26:13 and 14 from the New King James. God does this, there comes a time in the heart of God when it’s the time of God and He just goes [Pastor Sharon drawing a line on the floor with her foot] that’s it. Babylon has fallen. The power of Babylonian music has fallen, the power of it. It’s over. Why? Because there’s a church obedient. There’s a church obedient and like—I’ve always said I will not be so presumptuous as to say we are the only church. But one thing I know, one thing I know, wherever there is a legitimate Legislative Assembly at the local church that is listening to the Holy Spirit, they’ll have the same thing. Their music will rise to occupy the realm of the Spirit. Hallelujah. Glory to God.
Here we go, Ezekiel 26 verse 13, I will put an end. Who is this? It’s God speaking. This is God speaking. 13 I will put an end to the sound of your songs, and the sound of your harps shall no more be heard. 14 I will make you like the top of a rock; you shall be a place for spreading nets, and you shall never be rebuilt, for I the Lord have spoken, ‘says the Lord God. (Ezekiel 26: 13-14 NKJV).
So our fight is not against flesh and blood. It’s not against flesh and blood, music. It’s not against flesh and blood. Our fight Pastor John, in the scripture, Ephesians 6 verses 10 to 12, out of the New Living Translation, he brought it. Finally 10 A final word; Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. 11Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. One of the strategies that the devil has been using has been in Sound and Song to capture the lives of men and women and mankind. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, We are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, I want to go to verse 12, in music, 12 … but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. in the spirit realm dimensions. (Ephesians 6:10-12 NLT).
Revelation 12:9, 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the devil and satan, which deceives the whole world. He was cast out. Revelation 12:9 KJ21) I am telling you now, God is having His way. The whole world, Pastor John said, he is trying to stop everyone from understanding who Jesus is and Walking In The Light. He is against the whole world, the whole world, he said this—Pastor John—“You think the devil doesn’t have strategies? He’s got strategies against mankind. He has strategies with mankind.”
He said to me, Psalm 137, King James Version, He spoke to me, He spoke to me the Holy Spirit speaks to His church. He said this, 1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down; And we wept when we remembered Zion, Zion is the church. 2 We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. 3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song, and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” So, that’s what the spirit realm that has been occupying Sounds and Songs, they say, “Church, sing your little songs of Zion. Sing your little church songs with mirth, sing it, sing them. You’re so full of the world, you’re so full of Babylon, sing them.”
The Spirit realm has been laughing at the church, at the church Sounds and Songs, because of the hearts of people, full of Babylon, full of worldly things. “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” And this is their reply. 4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? (Psalm 137:1-4 KJ21). And the Lord said to me, “Sharon, how does my church sing my songs in Babylon? When they’re entrenched in the world system? How do they sing my songs?” How can you sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? The world system is strange to us. Babylon is strange to us. How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? When you are partaking and participating of her plagues, partaking of her sins, loving the world. The pleasures of it, the Lord asks me.
So, that’s where I’m going to stop. I can give you a little, I can’t go to this next one Pastor John. But the Lord showed me, He gave me this Word. He gave me this Word. Maybe I’ll finish off with this now and pick up there another time, just it’s not that long Pastor John, but the Lord said this. He used these words with me. We will rock you. The Father spoke. Capital “W”, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, along with His Church, will now rock the world. He said, “I’ve always owned those words,