Spontaneous Praise and Worship – Why Spontaneous Worship is Prophetic (Tope Alabi – LOGAN TO ODE as Case Study)
This week as we have been having fun discussing music. Started with topics like, what is the original purpose of music? as well as Why You Should Listen to Gospel Music Everyday.
Jesus tells us that our heavenly Father is seeking those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth! John 4:23-24. What is spontaneous worship?
Spontaneous worship is seeing a rebirth as worshipers seek authentic experiences in God’s presence. Spontaneous worship is not far fetch from Christianity but ti came with uniqueness because it is often prophetic. https://youtu.be/YOPvbYd8w7U
Spontaneous worship could happen at the end of your worship set, in between songs, or even in the middle of a song during an instrumental section.
What does spontaneous worship look like?
Spontaneous worship is inspired by the Holy Spirit. That doesn’t mean you have to wait for feelings but it leading based.
You have permission to respond to God even when you don’t feel like it. But let it be led by the Spirit of God.
Spontaneous worship is outwardly focused – either on God or on communicating the heart of God to His people. When it is God-focused, it’s an opportunity to sing a “new song” to the Lord, to speak of His greatness or His love.
When it’s focused more on His people, it’s an opportunity to communicate God’s heart and sing over people, which I believe is a beautiful opportunity we have as worship leaders, to pastorally sing over people and communicate the heart of God.
Spontaneous Worship is a Duty for every Christian
Spontaneous worship is an everyday thing for you as Christian because it comes with it rewards. There is no greater means of prophetic fellowship like spontaneous prophetic worship.
Consider these two scriptures and let me know what you think about prophetic spontaneous worship.
Be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-20)
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)
Is spontaneous worship always unprepared?
Can I say Yes and No?
Let take one or two examples that guided my thinking because, I should be able to tell you why something is right with reasons.
Beautiful Hannah’s song from the OT and awesome Mary’s song in the NT. Mary’s song of praise, The Magnificat or “The Glorification of What God Has Done”(Luke 1:46-55) is so similar to the Song of Hannah (1 Samuel 2:1-10) both in imagery and length that it is simply impossible for these to be merely coincidental. (Luke 1:46-55 NIV)
And awesome Mary said: My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers. (1 Samuel 2:1-10 NIV)
Then Beautiful Hannah prayed and said: My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.
The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength. Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry hunger no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away. The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.
He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; upon them he has set the world.
He will guard the feet of his saints, but the wicked will be silenced in darkness. It is not by strength that one prevails; those who oppose the LORD will be shattered.
He will thunder against them from heaven; the LORD will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.
Every time simple tips for leading spontaneous worship
Here are basic steps you can follow to have a perfect prophetic spontaneous worship;
- Know your parameters. Have those conversations with your church leaders to find out how much time you have, where you are authorized to go.
- Make space in your worship set for spontaneity. Leave a few minutes open or determine a song that you could cut from your list to allow for spontaneous worship.
- Keep your improvised words in line with the lyrics of the song.
- Give yourself and others some simple access points to spontaneous singing. To make it easier, just use a line from a Psalm, you don’t have to think of lyrics. Using only a few notes will also make it more likely that the congregation will be able to sing with you.
- Encourage your instrumentalists to find ways to be creative and keep the music interesting without changing the chords.
- Spontaneous songs that happen earlier count. Sometimes I’ll have a little song start to come out during my preparation. It might just be a line or two, but including it in the set often defines the moment when we most sense the presence of God.
- Don’t let yourself get too comfortable. Sometimes without any preset ideas and no plan B It’s important to have those times when you are completely wide open to wherever God wants to lead you.