Saturday, August 6, 2011

Prophetic Art

Last night at the Worship Symposium, The Lord was moving on hearts to be healed and changed. Disappointments were left at the altar and hope was restored. AS this was going on, I looked over at the paintings that two artists were completing on the corner of the stage - the first one was this beautiful heart that showed us what was happening in our broken and contrite hearts:

Then the Lord challenged us to lift our voices with the shout and roar that comes from Zion:

Joel 3:6 The LORD also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem;
The heavens and earth will shake;
But the LORD will be a shelter for His people,
And the strength of the children of Israel.

Again, I looked over at the second artist, and saw this glorious "Lion of Judah."

This painting had started off as a mass of color - I thought it was going to be an abstract painting...but this roaring lion emerged. Wow! Bondages were broken as we all roared and saw the Lord arising in His strength and power over our lives.

That is what "prophetic art" is all about. It is songs, music, dance, painting mime, etc. that takes us to the Lord. It helps us to see His face and hear His voice. Prophetic art takes us through the art and on to the Lord - we don't stop and put our full focus on the art - the art is a catalyst for seeing something of the Lord's character and person. Prophetic art makes art part of a journey and not the destination in itself.

A song, dance or painting will not change us, but when these arts lead us to the sight and sound of God's voice, then they are prophetic. The goal in worship is to see the face of God and to hear His voice so that we can minister to Him and honor Him. When this happens, we will be changed. Staying the same is not an option at that point.

You can tell if you have worshiped or simply sung songs, etc. Transformation is the outcome of all worship that is in spirit and truth.