Moreover David and the captains of the army separated for the service some of the sons of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals. (1Chronicles 25:1)
One of King David’s great legacies was organization. He even organized the musicians. I see four aspects of music ministry here.
Leading worship requires warriors. It’s seems kind of odd that the captains of the army helped pick out the musicians. Yet, it seems the musicians were drawn from the army. There is much spiritual warfare involved in leading God’s people to worship, and a worship leader needs to be prepared for the battle.
Worship leading is a calling. The worship band wasn’t made up of musicians who decided to play a gig at the temple. They were “separated” or appointed to those roles. Ultimately, it is God who separates a person to this kind of ministry.
Worship leading is prophetic. Many of the Old Testament prophets wrote in a poetic and possibly musical format. The ultimate worship book, Psalms, is filled with prophesy. There is a sense in which God will use worship to speak to people.
Worship is musical. It might be the last of the four aspects, but it’s there. I am so thankful for those who lead us in worship.