Why do prophets sing? Deborah, Moses, Miriam, David, Solomon–they all had this in common.
If a prophet is a person of importance, I am not one. If a prophet is someone who repeats God’s words alone, then let us all be a company of prophets, as it says:
“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.” (I Peter 4:11a), …and, *“I wish you could all speak in tongues, but even more I wish you could all prophesy. For prophecy is greater than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church will be strengthened.” (I Corinthians 14:5)
However, if a prophet is a person who has seen God, has had a glimpse of his awesome power, has been devastated by His beauty and overwhelmed by His love; who finds themselves trembling in his presence with terrible fear and undiluted desire, and who is compelled by the kiss of the coal on their lips and the fire that is birthed in their bones to speak the words of the One, eternal God— if that is the case, then I understand why a prophet sings.
Because such things cannot be expressed in human words. Because such a God elicits a response that demands expression. Because a prophet’s lips are reserved for God’s words, and not available for their own. I believe that is why God, in His mercy, has given prophets the relief of music—that while the testimony of God’s Word marches forth in their speaking, their own testimony of His greatness may take flight in their song.
There are many things I do not know. If a prophet understands matters of state and administration, politics and power, I admittedly know very little of such things, and stand far off from men who do.
But if a prophet is a Bride, captivated by the words of her Maker, then I am that girl. And these songs are the testimony of the one thing I do know. That you cannot glimpse the face of God, and fail to fall in love.