Joshua 6:9 9 The armed men went before the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard came after the ark, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets.
Joshua 6:20 20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
The picture above is amazing! It shows the walls of Jericho falling down. Do you notice who is featured prominently in the picture: THE MUSICIANS. Anointed music - holy vibrations going through the air and wrecking havoc on the kingdom of darkness! You have to love it.
Today, modern day Christians have more music than you can shake a stick at... we have every possible genre of Christian music to pick from, rock, pop,country,folk, rap, and everything in between... and of course we have praise and worship in every form as well. Nothing wrong with that, right? Nope. But here's the rub. We as the Body of Christ have forgotten just how powerful a weapon Christian music is when it is anointed by God, and dedicated to Him and Him alone!
Today, we use music to "fire the congregation up", to "create a good atmosphere" for the preacher to follow... and again, nothing wrong with that right? No, but perhaps we fail to appreciate what is going on in the invisible world around us, in the spiritual realm that we cannot see with our naked eyes. To cut to the chase: Anointed music, that is dedicated to God, that is offered up to Him in Praise and Worship, and with pure motives and from a pure heart - HAS THE POWER TO LITERALLY DESTROY THE PRESENCE OF EVIL - TO SHATTER THE DARKNESS - AND DRIVE BACK THE DEMONS OF HELL!!!
It was not just for show that God had the priests blowing the trumpets as they marched around the walls of Jericho, neither was it to rev up the army; as you know the army really ended up having to do very little. What was really going on was not seen with human eyes, or discerned with carnal observation. As the trumpets played on and on, the devil and the demons of darkness got it, and they knew that something bad was about to happen to them.
ANOINTED MUSIC DESTROYS THE DARKNESS
1 Samuel 16:22-23
22 Then Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Please let David stand before me, for he has found favor in my sight.” 23 And so it was, whenever the spirit from God was upon Saul, that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him. (emphasis mine)
The above image shows King Saul vexed by an evil spirit, and David before he became King - playing the harp and the music coming forth driving the demonic spirit away... Now, think about how just the sound of David playing his' harp caused such a holy terror to the demon that was harassing and tormenting King Saul! Anointed music is a weapon, a most lethal and deadly weapon when played to God with a pure heart and pure hands. Today, that spiritual truth is still the same: ANOINTED MUSIC DESTROYS EVIL, AND SHATTERS THE DARKNESS!!!
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
FINAL THOUGHTS: One of my favorite passages in the bible, is found in the New Testament, where Jesus and the disciples had just eaten the bread and drank the wine of the New Covenant that Jesus was establishing for all of us. We find a most beautiful thing, Jesus and the disciples began to sing - they began to sing a hymn. Mark 14:26 26 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
O what a lovely sound that must have been, to hear the Lord of music, the One who created sound, melody, rhythm, music itself - singing a simple song, a hymn. Wouldn't you have loved to hear our Lord's voice? To hear Him singing with these eleven men who He had poured Himself into... One thing is certain, God the Father was listening. Almighty God was receiving this song as it rose up to the heavens, the last song that Jesus would sing as the servant who was on His way to the cross.
We can only speculate what hymn they sang together on that day before the music would stop; at least for a few hours - but we know the devil heard it. I believe the demons of hell sensed the same thing that the people and army of Jericho felt when Joshua and the priests and musicians marched around the walls of Jericho: THEY WERE TERRIFIED! How fitting that our Lord would sing a song just before His final battle with evil... never underestimate the power of an anointed song, of anointed music. Just remember when you go to God's House next Sunday: THE DEVIL HATES IT WHEN WE PRAISE AND WORSHIP GOD. IT DRIVES HIM CRAZY!!!!!!!!!
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