Pastor Bill Johnson tells a story about a worship leader who had a vision of heaven. This man was amazed to hear a song he had written being played in heaven. Seeing an angel pass by, he excitedly said, “Hey, you’re playing my song!” The angel smiled and said, “No, that was one of ours; we let you hear it.” This story captures the idea that when we listen to God and hear His heart for this world, He will share divine ideas with us—and we can co-create with Him. What music of Heaven is waiting to be heard on the earth?
As Mark & Patti Virkler note in their book, How to Hear God’s Voice, “Forty-nine percent of the New Testament contains references to spiritual (non-rational) experiences” (Page 25). Later in the book, they explain that listening to music helps us move from our logical left brain to our intuitive right brain. Take Elisha; when he wanted to hear a prophetic word from God, he used music: “But now bring me a musician.” And when the musician played, the hand of the LORD came upon him” (2 Kings 3:15, ESV).
At the top of his compositions, Bach often wrote J.J. (Jesu Juva—”Help me Jesus” or I.N.J. In Nomine Jesu “In Jesus’ Name.” At the end of his compositions, he would write: S.D. G. Soli Deo Gloria—”To God Alone, the glory.” Wagner later described Bach’s music as the most miraculous of all. Whether listening to music or creating it, let’s have music that makes audible on earth the sounds of heaven.
We’re still adding music resources (feel free to send us suggestions!).
Bethel Music :: Music with words, music without words. Music you can dance to and music you can soak in. Whatever this group creates, it has the through line of heaven. The musicians in their own words: “We are a team of writers, singers, musicians, and worshippers passionately pursuing the presence of God in our families, our friendships, our ministries, and our worship, and we are thrilled to partner our talents and our hearts to give glory to God.”
International House of Prayer: 24/7 Live stream :: Here’s what they are and what they offer: Central to the work of the missions base is our 24/7 prayer room, inspired by David’s tabernacle (1 Chr. 23:5; 25:7), where 288 singers and 4,000 musicians were employed as their full-time occupation to minister to the Lord and serve the community. We divide the 24/7 schedule into twelve worship-based prayer meetings a day, each lasting two hours. Scripture teaches that night-and-day prayer is deeply connected to the fullness of God’s power and purpose being released (Lk. 18:7–8; cf. Isa. 62:6–7). We are offering Jesus unceasing worship, while contending for justice and for the power of the Holy Spirit to be manifest and bring transformation in every sphere of society.