Moreover, David and the commanders of the army selected for the [temple] service some of the sons of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun, who were to [d]prophesy with lyres, harps, and cymbals. The list of the musicians who performed their service was as follows: Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah; the sons of Asaph were under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied [e]under the[f]direction of the king. – 1 Chronicles 25:1-2
David put those in order who were appointed to be singers and musicians in the temple. To prophesy, in this place, means praising God with great earnestness and devout affections, under the influences of the Holy Spirit. In raising these affections, poetry and music were employed. If the Spirit of God do not put life and fervour into our devotions, they will, however ordered, be a lifeless, worthless form. – Matthew Henry
The Targum understands this of prophesying in the proper sense of the term; and therefore says, “Who prophesied by the Holy Spirit.” Jarchi is of the same opinion and quotes the case of Elisha, 2 Kings 3:15; While the minstrel played, the hand of the Lord [i.e., the spirit of prophecy] was upon him. – Adam Clarke
Asaph, the son of Berechiah, descended from Levi and he stood among the chief musicians. When the Ark of the Covenant came into Jerusalem, he became the chief musician, the choirmaster. Asaph did not just lead in the singing of David’s songs, for he also wrote some of his own under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Asaph and his sons prophesied with King David, contributing to the Church’s Psalter.
Like Asaph we should prophecy under the direction of our King Jesus. It is worth noting that Paul encourages us all to prophecy, he doesn’t mean we should all tell the future, he means we should all boldly declare the truth of God’s word and in faith proclaim that which God lays on our hearts in accordance with his word by the Holy Spirit.
With every song or note, a prophetic word’s released over the atmosphere. Creativity doesn’t always mean on target. Worship is the act of the spirit and not the act of ability. It is our availability and yield to Holy Spirit that pleases our Father.
Prophetic worshippers who aren’t willing to submit to their God-ordained spiritual fathers and mothers are not worthy of their call. Talent is not enough to be a prophetic worshipper! It requires character, which means that you will work under the direction of your spiritual leaders. Worship leaders who don’t know how to submit to their pastors will cause ruckus in the church.
The psalmist/worship leader is one who affects the Kingdom of God through writing, playing or singing music that’s sacred, congregational and prophetic. It is more than leading worship. They must guide the church through a spirit lead encounter with Almighty God, singing and writing songs that advance the kingdom of God.