Summary: Is it ok to use instruments of music in the Worship Setting?
Instrumental music and New Testament Worship
I was recently asked about music in the church and specifically asked about the lack of musical instruments in Church worship.
There are two distinct worships found in the Bible; The Old Covenant or Testament and The New Covenant or Testament.
Under the Old Law, instrumental music was commanded. (Psalms 98:5) Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. (6) With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.
(2 Chronicles 5:13)It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD;
Consider (Psalm 150:4) Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. (5) Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
- But –
Regardless of what the Old Testament said; we are not UNDER the Old Testament LAW! Anyone in favor of offering sacrifices of BULLS, SHEEP and other animals say I.
- The Law of EXCLUSION –
Simply states that when something is specified, all else is excluded.
- EXAMPLE –
If you send someone to the store for a loaf of bread; You have immediately excluded peas, corn, squash, and rutabagas. You only asked for BREAD and LOAF BREAD at that.
Jesus and God have done the same thing. (Matt 26:30) And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. (Acts 16:25) And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God (Romans 15:9) And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.
(1 Cor 14:15) What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.
(Col.3:16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.(Eph 5:19) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (Heb 13:15) By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (James 5:3) ...Is any merry? Let him sing psalms. (Heb 2:12) In the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
With this much evidence shown for simple singing, would the Lord be pleased if we added instruments of music where God did not apply them? Furthermore, it doesn’t matter what I think. It matters what does the Bible say. If God says sing and 1 million choir directors say play the Piano, who is right, 1 million or God? REMEMBER, GOD tells what is right. (Isa 45:19) I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.