BT2 – Tongues & Interpretation
BT2: Application of tongues to music & drumming
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Just as with “proseuchomai conversationally-praying and/coupled psalming by-the-means-of a tongue . . . The Spirit of/belonging-to me prays/psalms” (instrumental music with or without lyrics) per 1 Corinthians 14:14-15, it still comes down to surrendering by “offering/presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice” as in Romans 12:1, by “letting go” of our mind’s “fruitfulness or productivity” planning, thinking, scheming, rational understanding, and “might and power” skills to “let God” by allowing His Holy Spirit to instead have mastery/control per Galatians 5:23 of our “bodily members,” whether it’s your tongue to speak in supernatural tongues, your mouth and breath for wind-instruments, your fingers and arms for stringed-instruments and piano, or arms for snare-drummers, or arms & legs for the drum-set players. It really comes down to making the choice of Romans 6:13 “presenting [internal] yourself to God . . . and your [external] members to God as instruments for dikaiosune divinely-approved-righteousness.” And what could be more “righteous or divinely-approved” of than our worship when God has both our internal and externals, thus our whole self?
Every musician knows that music notation is just another language, symbols representing rhythm and frequencies arranged to convey specific meaning, just as many languages are not only picture-based but also music-based so that tone differences change the meaning of identical-looking words. So even if a musician isn’t praying or singing in tongues unto God verbally or under their breath or in their head while optionally playing their instrument, the Spirit dwelling within them can just as easily be communicating the mind/heart of God to other people through the arrangements of rhythms & frequencies that the audience’s inward being or ‘spirit’ may indeed understand even if the human mind of their flesh is “unfruitful/unproductive,” and so the music is still prophetic, and thus still communicating the directly-spoken/heard rhema words of God to minister to them God’s gospel logos message, especially to unbelievers!
Many missionaries have testified of their foreign audience completely understanding the missionary’s native language without any need for interpretation, and even the missionary’s tongues without interpretation perfectly understood by the audience! Paul recognizes this genos ‘family/kind’ of tongues in 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28 as 1 or 3 “intended audiences & purposes” of tongues, and for them it is indeed a “proving-sign” when their audience is amazed they can indeed understand every rhema spoken-word of God thru the missionaries without any missionary interpretation, just as on the Day of Pentecost! What really matters is if the anointing of God is there or not, even on the musician and the music to make this possible, just as ALL of David’s 4000 singers & musicians prophesied, even with many instruments in 1 Chronicles 23:5, 25:1.
When people of a church gather/assemble together according to Colossians 3:16 in for “the logos message (gospel) of Christ to presently/ongoing dwell in them richly” as Paul strongly urges them with the imperative, they are to “by-the-means-of pas all ‘kinds of’ wisdom, be routinely teaching and/coupled noutheteo ‘placing in the mind, reasoning & urging by warning, correction, or exhortation’ heautou ‘each other reciprocally’ by-the-means-of psalms (a), hymns (b), Spirit-kind-of odes (c), routinely adontes ‘ode-ing’ by-the-means-of The Grace inside your hearts in/by/with God.” We know this is an incomplete list (d), but provided simply to further Paul’s argument of the context: He wants Body-Ministry where each person is involved. No one-man shows or specialized teams! How far the modern church has digressed. <Notes> a) psalmos, psallo is the verb meaning to “hit, pluck, twang, or twitch,” b) humneo: acapella singing: Matthew 26:30; Mark 14:26; Acts 16:25; Hebrews 2:12, c) odes: psalms or hymns, but adding pneumatikos makes them uniquely no longer pre-composed but spontaneous by the Spirit – see also Spontaneous Music-BT5, – BT6, and – BT7, d) 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28-30, 13:8, 14:6, 26; Romans 12:6-8; Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 2:20, 3:5, 4:12, 5:19.
In the parallel passage in Ephesians 3:19, 5:18-19, Paul wants them to “definitively/wholly be filled-to-completion eis ‘toward and reaching the goal of’ pas ‘the whole of’ the abundant-fullness of God . . . [I strongly urge you to] in-possibility-NOT routinely be drunk by-the-means-of wine in/by/with which is presently/ongoingly debauchery, but-instead presently/ongoingly [passively] be filled-to-completion by-the-means-of [singular] Spirit, routinely speaking-to/addressing heautou ‘each other reciprocally’ by-the-means-of psalms and/coupled hymns and/coupled Spirit-kind-of odes, routinely adontes ‘ode-ing’ and/coupled routinely psalming [in/by/with] your heart to the Lord.” Their hearts can be psalming while their hands/mouths are busy performing.
That last phrase is the key! We know from 1 Corinthians 14:14-15 that Spirit-kind-of psalming is by tongues, which is instrumental music with/without lyrics. The singer can sing in tongues, or they could only be doing so from their heart in tongues while vocally silent or even while singing in their native language. There may not even be a singer, but either way the musicians can be giving “praise & thanksgiving” from their hearts in tongues even while they are blowing, hitting, bowing, plucking, strumming, etc. You really can pray or psalm in tongues while “your mind is fruitful/productive” on something else, because it is the Spirit that performs the tongues from inside you, whether it is verbally expressed or not. I’ve done all this many times, often even praying or singing in tongues as I am writing. I enjoy listening to worship music in tongues while working because I know that I am “tereo ‘carefully watch/observe to safely-guard, care-for/attend-to, firmly-hold/stand-in/maintain-a-present-state,’ myself in the Unconditional-Love of God [by] routinely building myself up in the most Holy Faith [by] routinely proseuchomai conversationally-praying by-the-means-of the Holy Spirit” per Jude 1:20-21, because even though my mind is focused on work, I trust my heart is praying & psalming by-the-means-of- the Holy Spirit by-the-means-of the tongues I’m also hearing in the music. In fact, I’m going to turn it on right now!
The “psalms and hymns” od Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 may have originally been composed spontaneously as “Spirit-kind-of odes” that correspond to the chadash/kainos ‘completely-different-in-kind, superior “New Songs” of Psalms 33:3, 40:3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:1; Isaiah 42:10; and Revelation 5:9, 14:3. But they may not be! I know many secular artists that wrote Church music just to make money, and I personally knew a big-time New-Ager that he said he was going to California to start a Christian church and make a ton of money because “Christians are so gullible!”
Either way, these “psalms and hymns” as differentiated from “Spirit-kind” or “New Songs” are certainly “pre-composed” music! Since these were in the people’s language and likely familiar as the Old Testament Psalms were to the early Jewish-Christians, their minds would be “fruitful/productive,” and so as with “praying and psalming by-the-means-of the mind of/belonging-to me” in 1 Corinthians 14:14-15. For many like Paul being former Jews, this would be natural worship music.
But that simply is NOT enough! Paul strongly-urged them to go to the next, higher level – spontaneous music, just as with tongues, where their mind is “unfruitful/unproductive” and the Spirit composes the psalm or hymn “on the spot,” and the lyrics very well may be in tongues. Since Ephesians 5:19 stresses what happens inside individual hearts: “routinely psalming [in/by/with] your heart to the Lord,” these tongues need not be in unison but very individual. And that’s exactly what we see happen in anointed, prophetic, and spontaneous worship – the sound is heavenly! This is the “Joyful Noise” of Psalms 95:1-2, 98:4, 6, and 100:1 – see Joy – BT4.
Since psalming primarily means “hit, pluck, twang, or twitch” an instrument whether sung or not, and we know from the Old Testament at least 22 instruments were used to play Psalms, it may very well be that we are in some way “hitting, plucking, twanging, or twitching our hearts unto the Lord” when we are “psalming to the Lord” as if the real instrument is our heart! That means the same thing can happen for you while you are playing your instrument, no matter what it is! You can even be totally focused on ado singing/praising and even “psalming to the Lord from your grateful heart” and not even be thinking about how to play your instrument AT ALL so that “your mind is “unfruitful/unproductive” just as with tongues, and yet the Spirit will play right through you the most kalos beautiful/joyful music you have ever heard in your life! As you can see from the BLOG Topics I have even spoken in tongues while playing and made prophetic declarations – you just have to take “an obedient step of faith” and surrender by “letting go and letting God!” And what is produced is absolutely not someone else’s pre-composed hymns or psalms “from the mind of you” but instead spontaneously “from the Spirit of you” and so it’s a completely-different-in-kind, fresh, superior “New song” and a “Spirit-kind-of ode.”
When I play my drums, I can often feel ‘the insides of me’ singing/praising the Lord but it’s in rhythmic grunts/groans for the bass-drum and ticking sounds for the higher pitches, and now that I think about it, it would indeed sound like tongues to a non-drummer! I even teach a Counting & Singing Method for “If you can say it, you can play it” approach.
I remember a dream I had once of people in front of an anointed, prophetic band practicing spontaneously by the Spirit in the park. When people got close to the band, they were surrounded by the Unconditional-Love of the Lord as if sandwiched between 2 hot waffles from a toaster, and these people just melted like butter unto salvation as they were each akouo hearing-to-understanding/know the directly-spoken rhema words of the Lord, even though it was only music being translated by the Lord, like tongues are interpreted by the Spirit to be selectively understood by the listener. Suddenly I understood that one ‘waffle’ was Jesus and the other the Holy Spirit – these people didn’t have a chance! They had experienced “Irresistible Grace” as John Calvin termed it!
Pride & control puts its trusting-relying-faith in one’s own skills or internal “power” and external resources or “might” derived from them, thus the “might and power” of Zechariah 4:6, whether it is pre-determine church sermons & liturgies, worship-team meetings to determine song selection, or only choosing songs of pre-composed words and music written with “gramma letters in ink on paper” (a) sitting on a music stand or a podium or Ipad for the “equippers” eyes to be glued to, those who mistakenly think they are the “ministers who do the work of ministry” (b). Instead, doesn’t the New Testament tell us to put our trusting-relying-faith in the chadash/kainos ‘completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, fresh, superior’ “NEW Song” (c) or “Spirit-kind-of ode” (d) that is clearly anointed, prophetic, and spontaneous, based on “tasting the rhema directly-spoken/heard prophetic words of God and/coupled His Spirit’s enabling-power” (e) to guide or direct (f) the evangelist-preacher, shepherd/pastor, teacher, musician, or any other servant “in that very hour what to say and to do” (g)? Will we fall back on trying to control everything or surrender-control to the Holy Spirit? <Notes> a) 2 Corinthians 3:3, 7; 2 John 1:12; 3 John 1:13, b) Ephesians 4:11-12, c) Psalms 33:3, 40:3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:1 and Isaiah 42:10, d) Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16, e) Hebrews 1:3, 6:5, f) John 16:13, g) Matthew 10:19; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:12.
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