Revelation 1:10-15 shows two voices of Jesus: the voice of a trumpet, and the sound of many waters.
The voice of a trumpet is a clear, prophetic voice. It pierces, rising above other sounds. Teaching about prophecy, I Corinthians 14:8 says, “If the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?” With this sound Jesus directs the church.
The sound of many waters is the sound of His voice through His people. John 7:38 says that if we believe in Him, out of the deepest part of us will flow rivers of living waters. As many individuals release their rivers, we hear the sound of many waters.
John heard this sound several times in Revelation: from Jesus (1:15), from a heavenly choir (14:1-3), and from a band of God’s servants in the throne room (19:4-7). And as Jesus said in Revelation 21:6 and 22:17, this sound is available in the church.
When do we hear this sound? We hear the river – the voice of the Holy Spirit speaking through God’s people – when someone gives an anointed testimony or sings an anointed song, or when a preacher or teacher delivers an inspired message. We hear the living waters in an impassioned prayer.
But that’s just one river at a time. We hear the sound of many waters when the whole church begins to pour out a new song in free worship before God. The atmosphere comes alive as the whole church engages in worship from the heart, letting the Holy Spirit put a new song in their mouths.
The sound of many waters can have many moods. I Corinthians 13 identifies a love language, in tongues or in prophecy, taking us into an intimate encounter with God. I Corinthians 14:7-8 says the sound of the Spirit can be militant and warlike; verses 9-14 say it can bring revelation and understanding to the church. Finally, verses 20-25 say it can bring conviction to the unsaved.
It isn’t up to us to steer the sound of many waters where we think it should go. The Holy Spirit is in charge.
How do we use this sound? There are two main ways worship teams lead the church in this sound. Sometimes, the whole church “sings in the Spirit”, using a single chord and singing with a minimum of accompaniment and as little rhythm as possible. And sometimes the worship team lingers on the last line or two of a worship song, allowing the whole church to sing from the heart to the Lord.
This is an opportunity to get into a personal flow of the Holy Spirit. It is your chance to cultivate the river in your own life. As you learn to flow in the Spirit in church, it will overflow into your prayer life at home. It will sensitize you to the anointing, and spill over into other ministry opportunities that come your way.
Sometimes it’s hard to know what to sing, but these times of worship also serve as a school of the Spirit. They give you an opportunity to learn to hear the words that come out of God’s mouth day by day.
We’ll go into this more in coming weeks, but here’s the first issue: deciding you want the river of God in your own life. As Revelation 21:7 says, “Whoever desires, let him take of the water of life freely.”
It’s available to “whoever desires.”
Desire it. Choose it. Ask God to open you to His river. Make up your mind you won’t miss it. You can have it – a supernatural flow of the voice of the Holy Spirit, speaking, praying, and worshiping through you.