When Jesus said "out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water" I believe He was referring to the work of God's Holy Spirit that resides within us. When I worship "in spirit and in truth" from my inner most being, there are times when my human language just cannot express the depths of what I am feeling. That is where the Spirit comes to my aid, as Jesus promised, and rivers of prayer and worship flow from deep within my inner man resulting in heavenly sounds that originate from God's spirit within me.
I am referring to the gift of singing in tongues. The sounds have a heavenly origin. The language I do not understand, their meaning is lost to me, but their purpose is not. There are times when I am worshiping the Lord in a spontaneous song, and from deep within me suddenly comes these wonderful gushings of the Spirit. The song takes on another dimension. I feel like I am being transported to another realm, the atmosphere changes quite noticeably, everything becomes light, and there is a wonderful ease to my singing. You can sense the presence of God increase in the song, there is a definite increase in the tangible anointing of God. It amazes me that this "anointing" or rubbing of God of Himself onto us actually goes into the recorded medium. When the song is played back, I experience the same sense of His presence as I did when I first sang the song. This is an amazing concept to me, and for whatever reason, God has made such a thing possible.
It is this anointing of the Holy Spirit - especially present when singing in tongues - that has encouraged me to include this "singing in the spirit" on my worship albums. There will always be people who do not understand these expressions of worship ( I do not understand them myself ) and some have even opposed it. But for those hungry for the bread of His presence I record these heavenly gushings. More Spirit of God, more! Give us an open heaven! (See also song notes on singing in the spirit.)
"I first came across your site when I was looking up information on the gift of tongues and your site came up. I truly believe in all of God’s spiritual gifts but I also believe that it is important to read God’s word and how his gifts should be used. At first I was a little unsure if I should be listening to your music because I read in Corinthians where it talks about spiritual gifts and it says:
For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Now, brother, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction? Undoubtingly there all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me. For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself amongst those who do not understand say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying?
However, God has shown me how you are using your music to bring people closer to him, to soak in his presence. He has helped me to understand that you do interpret some of the songs, and those that you haven’t interpreted can’t be interpreted because that is your spirit singing only to God. Your songs encourage us to come into a dwelling place with the Lord and to listen to what he has to tell us. I also believe that your music encourages people to talk in tongues or to sing in tongues which I believe God wants us all to do. To speak in tongues is such an amazing gift, to edify yourself and in your case to edify the church because you are bringing message with songs of praise to the most high King."
An Apologia - A reasoned argument in defense of speaking in tongues - Free pdf download
Speaking in tongues - The gift of speaking in tongues - Questions & Answers about speaking in tongues.
Is speaking in tongues necessary for salvation?
Praying in tongues - Praying in the Holy spirit - The Scriptural basis for praying in tongues today
Singing in tongues - Why sing in tongues? A deeper explanation why singing tongues is included on my cds.
Examples of speaking / singing in tongues audio mp3
Singing in tongues interpretation
Singing in the spirit - What is singing in the spirit? What does it mean to sing in the spirit? My personal experience.
Sing a new song! If we are truly writing songs that are "not of this world" then their origin should be "other worldly" ie - supernatural in origin.
Walking in the spirit - How to live the life of an overcomer by walking in the spirit