November 2, 2009 Ration

I Kings 22:14

“But Micaiah said, ‘As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I will speak.’”

Micaiah was summoned to inquire of the Lord on behalf of the kings of Israel and Judah for their plans to battle against the king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead. 400 prophets had just given favorable prophesies to the kings: “Go up, for the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.” Micaiah, however, was additionally sought by the urging of Jehoshaphat, Judah’s king: “Is there not here another prophet of the Lord of whom we may inquire?”

This man feared the Lord above the kings of the land, above the other prophets, and above the comforts to his own body. Artists, be encouraged to follow in the fear of Micaiah. You have a part in the body that is necessary and will be called upon. Play your part faithfully by fearing the Lord alone and articulating what He gives you to speak. You serve no one by playing the Tickler.

The messenger who came to get Micaiah said, “Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” But Micaiah would not be moved by the words of others. He did not fall in line with the majority or the popular and forsake his own conscience. He was not about to walk out of fellowship with the Lord for the sake of a particular fellowship with a soon to be corpse. “As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I will speak,” was his reply.

There were other men, other prophets, who heard a word of sorts. But their hearts did not fear the Lord enough to discern that it was a lying spirit that they had heard. They were to play the deceiver (v. 19-23). I wonder what role they thought they were playing: the encourager, the rouser? Be careful, artists, to actually play what you are hoping to play. Encourage and rouse to the right end.

These prophets were not the Lord’s prophets, they were the king's prophets. A prophet of the Lord fears the Lord, while a prophet of the king fears the king. Who do you fear? The fear of man will never truly serve you, though it may result in a bed in the king’s house. “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom…” (Job 28:28), even though it may secure you a cot in the king’s prison (v. 27). Time will tell whom you fear (v. 28), and your words will be rewarded according to their worth.

Artists, speak as the Lord speaks to you! Whose fellowship compares to the Lord’s fellowship? Whose approval compares to the Lord’s approval? Whose reward compares to the Lord’s reward? Who compares to the Lord Himself? The Lord has a particular fellowship for you, for your pleasure in Him, in making you artistic. Do not let other men or agencies deny you of that pleasure, then, by submitting to them over what faithfulness to the Lord would be.

When man or market comes to us and asks us to sound off as all the others, let Micaiah’s confidence and response be ours: “As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I will speak.” Only, let our words truly be the Lord’s words, and not the words of our pride.

Jason Harms


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