Word #5- Zamar
Psalm 147:1- Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.
This word is specifically for the musicians and singers. Zamar means to give instrumental and sung praise- to sing with instruments. To touch the instrument with praise, to prophecy and express praise on the instrument, to play an instrument and sing. It means to celebrate in song and music.
Music does things that words can’t address. There so much that happens when we allow praise to be released through instruments. This is what David was doing to Saul on his harp. He was prophesying on his instrument. Kenaniah taught the Israelites how to express what God was doing in their lives. If you are a musician, catch these moments and let them flow. Don’t rush. These times are precious to the Lord, to you, and the people around you.
I have had many experiences in worship where I have started to play something on the guitar and I know it’s not just “playing” but truly felt that God was releasing something through what I was playing. Ideas seem to come as I continue to flow in worship that I couldn’t have done myself. On a side note, these moments are easy to miss. So be sensitive to notice when they are there and don’t feel the need to stay to a rigid schedule of worship. We never known which direction the Holy Spirit is going to move.
If you are part of the congregation in a worship service, take notice of the moments during worship where the worship team is just playing music. No words. Chances are, the musicians are playing over you. Things are happening in the unseen. Let the instruments speak to your heart. Look with your eyes, your imagination of what is being spoken through the instruments. Thank him and receive whatever he has for you.