MUSIC and SONG = WORSHIP and PRAISE (Part 1) Musical Instruments Used in Religious Practice

"Make a JOYFUL NOISE unto the LORD, all ye lands."

That is the scripture verse (Psalm 100:1 KJV) that always comes to my mind when the topic and question is raised about:

"What are the most appropriate types of music and songs that should be used in our gatherings for worship and praise (and of course - What instruments should also be used or not used?)."

Now I would think that "NOISE" doesn't necessarily sound like music per se, but at least it is "joyfully" being directed to the Lord God on high, and is being requested of ALL the lands. The intent I think is the main emphasis in what is being said here.

WORSHIP: "the act and accompanying attitude of giving honor to God."

This definition was extracted from the meaning of the Greek term for “worship” in the New Testament ("proskuneo"): “To kiss the hand of one in reverence; to fall upon the knees and touch the ground with an expression of profound respect; prostration (a reverent or submissive prone position) to do homage (show of respect) to one or make obeisance (gesture of reverence), whether in order to express respect or to make supplication (prayerful petitioning)."

A reader's question was posed asking:

"How can the church forbid a drum-set as part of the instruments for worship in the church?"

Which has led to the following article and discussion on music and worship altogether...

I think the above verse covers the answer quite nicely, in that scripture does not necessarily reflect WHAT instruments should be used or what kind of music, but HOW they are used to glorify God!

Being musically inclined myself, I felt compelled to address this question with the attention that it truly deserves. So, for the purposes of scrutiny, let's review scripture as it is written in the Holy Bible (the authoritative "Word of God") to look at this topic in more depth

*PSALMS = Songs

The Psalms are a collection of songs written mostly by King David (as he was quite musically gifted and in his youth, being the harpist for King Saul), and also written for and by other "Directors of Music" that might use them as well. They are a large collection of mostly poetic verse that detail a wide variety of aspects that were relevant to the life of David and his times. Most of them reflect a nature of praise and glorification to the Lord and some also feature specific events and topics that were close to the heart of the author(s).

Below we have selected a few in particular that likewise feature the use of song as well as certain musical instruments for reference purposes to this article.

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
(Psalm 100 KJV)

Once again, "a joyful noise" being used "gladly" with singing to offer "thanks, praise and blessings" towards the Lord God.

The following Psalm also nicely reflects the manner in which worship and praise was practiced according to scripture:

Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. (Psalm 150 KJV)

This Psalm further reinforces the attitude that is most appropriate (even in the "sanctuary") when glorifying our Lord God with praise and worship. It is obviously NOT a solemn affair but one of great rejoicing with all variety of musical instruments, singing and dancing; also to be enjoyed and participated by everyone in the congregation, not necessarily restricted to just a designated choir or orchestra.

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MUSIC referred to in the Holy Bible (as found in scripture)

[ The Musicians ] David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. (1 Chronicles 25:1 NIV)

All these men were under the supervision of their father for the music of the temple of the LORD, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God.
(1 Chronicles 25:6 NIV)

When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the LORD, as prescribed by David king of Israel. (Ezra 3:10 NIV)

At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres. (Nehemiah 12:27 NIV)

They send forth their children as a flock; their little ones dance about. They sing to the music of timbrel and lyre; they make merry to the sound of the pipe. They spend their years in prosperity and go down to the grave in peace. (Job 21:11-13 NIV)

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-20 NIV)

The instruments listed above are only a mere cross-section of scripture and are those most commonly used in the Mid East region as well as repeatedly found throughout the Holy Bible.

A VARIETY of INSTRUMENTS were COMMONLY USED

The history and evolution of spiritual music used in Biblical times reflected the cantor of the early Jewish religious practices. The earliest worship music was based on the same system as that used in the Temple at Jerusalem. According to the Mishnah (first major work of Rabbinic Judaism), the regular Temple orchestra consisted of twelve instruments, and the choir of twelve male singers. A number of additional instruments were known to the ancient Hebrews, though they were not necessarily included in the regular orchestra. At one time in King Solomon's Temple, there were known to be as many as 24 choral groups consisting of 288 musicians which took part in regular weekly services.

Archaeological and written data have demonstrated clearly that music was an integral part of daily life in ancient Israel. Figurines and iconographic depictions reveal that people played "chordophones" (vibrating strings) and frame drums, and that the human voice was essential in music.

According to Jewish historian Josephus Flavius, all details of the First Temple, including its musical instruments, were made and viewed as "symbols of the universe," especially instruments like the lyre or "kithara". In his manuscript, Antiquities of the Jews, Josephus explains that the musical instruments, along with other matters of Jewish religion, represent a perishable "image" of the cosmos.

Below we will provide more reference to the various musical instruments that are actually found throughout the text of the Holy Bible as used in the lands surrounding ancient Judah and Israel.

*(Being aware that various translations of the Holy Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts may yield different names and versions of similar and even different instruments).

For Example:

Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the (1)*cornet, (2)flute, (3)*harp, (4)*sackbut, (5)*psaltery, and (6)*dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image: (Daniel 3:10 -King James Version)

You as king have issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the (1)horn, (2)flute, (3)zither, (4)lyre, (5)harp, (6)drum, and every kind of music must fall down and worship the gold statue. (Daniel 3:10 -Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the (1)horn, (2)flute, (3)zither, (4)lyre, (5)harp, (6)pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, (Daniel 3:10 -New International Version)

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David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with (1)*castanets, (2)harps, (3)lyres, (4)timbrels, (5)*sistrums and (6)cymbals. (2 Samuel 6:5 NIV)

And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on (1)*all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on (2)harps, and on (3)psalteries, and on (4)timbrels, and on (5)cornets, and on (6)cymbals. (2 Samuel 6:5 KJV)

Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the LORD on (1)*all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on (2)harps, on (3)*stringed instruments, on (4)tambourines, on (5)*sistrums, and on (6)cymbals. (2 Samuel 6:5 NKJV)

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And it is decreed: she shall be uncovered, she shall be led away, and her maids shall moan as with the voice of doves, "drumming" upon their breasts. (Nahum 2:7 -Darby Translation)

And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, "tabering" [i.e.: tabret] upon their breasts. (Nahum 2:7 KJV)

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As well as other examples of their use:

And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. (Genesis 4:21 KJV)

After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying.
(1 Samuel 10:5 NIV)

David and all the Israelites were celebrating with all their might before God, with songs and with harps, lyres, timbrels, cymbals and trumpets. (1 Chronicles 13:8 NIV)

Again I will build you and you will be built, O Virgin Israel! You will again be adorned with your timbrels [small one-headed drums] and go forth in the dancing [chorus] of those who make merry. (Jeremiah 31:4 Amplified Bible)

They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. (Job 21:12 KJV)

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp!
(Psalm 150:3 NKJV)

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I think the point to make here is that a VARIETY of musical instruments are being shown as commonly used in worship and praise (as well as other religious practices). These are also the instruments that were most commonplace in the region and during the era reflected historically from the antiquity of the Middle East. This does not preclude that other musical instruments were not also used, other than they are just not recorded specifically in biblical scripture, were not necessarily widely used and available, or had not been introduced to that culture at the time.

CASTANETS

Concordance: (replaces 'singing' or 'songs' in verse from other translations);

- are a percussion instrument (idiophone) consisting of a pair of concave shells joined on one edge by string. These are held in the hand and used to produce clicks for rhythmic accents or a ripping or rattling sound consisting of a rapid series of clicks. The origins of the instrument are not known. The practice of clicking hand-held sticks together to accompany dancing is ancient, and was practiced by both the Greeks and the Egyptians.

CORNET

Concordance: a musical instrument used on occasions in worship;

- is a brass instrument very similar to the trumpet, distinguished by its conical bore, compact shape, and mellower tone quality. The most common cornet is a transposing instrument, a musical instrument for which written notes are read at a pitch different from sounding note concert pitch, which a non-transposing instrument, such as a piano, would play.

CYMBALS

Concordance: hollow of a vessel; a musical instrument;

- are a common percussion instrument. Cymbals consist of thin, normally round plates of various alloys. The greater majority of cymbals are of indefinite pitch, although small disc-shaped cymbals based on ancient designs sound a definite note. Cymbals are used in many ensembles ranging from the orchestra, percussion ensembles, bands and marching groups. Drum kits usually incorporate at least one suspended cymbal and a pair of hi-hat cymbals.

DULCIMER

Concordance: a bagpipe-like (incorrect description) musical instrument used in Babylon (also SEE: psalteries; or zither, harpsichord and piano);

- The "hammered" dulcimer is a stringed musical instrument with the strings stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board. Typically, the dulcimer is set on a stand, at an angle, where the musician, who holds small mallet hammers in each hand, may strike the strings. The dulcimer's origin is uncertain, but tradition holds it was invented in Persia (Iran), as the "Santur", over 2000 years ago. The strings of a hammered dulcimer are usually found in pairs, two strings for each note which are tuned in unison and called a course. As with a piano, the purpose of using multiple strings per course is to make the instrument louder, although as the courses are rarely in perfect unison, a chorus effect usually results like a mandolin.

FLUTE (Pan Pipes)

Concordance: a hollow musical instrument; sometimes used in worship;

- is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. Unlike most woodwind instruments with reeds, flutes are aerophones or reedless wind instruments that produce their sounds from the flow of air across openings in one end. Aside from the human voice, flutes are the earliest known musical instruments. A "Pan Flute" named from the satyr in Greek mythology, is an end-blown flute that consists of a series of varied length pipes laced together and closed at one end. It is played by blowing into the different open ends for a desired range of pitches.

HARP

Concordance: a stringed musical instrument; with many uses;

- is a multi-stringed instrument which has the plane of its strings positioned perpendicular to the soundboard. It is classified as a chordophone by the Harvard Dictionary of Music and only types of harps are in that class of instruments with plucked strings. All harps have a neck, resonator, and strings. Some, known as frame harps, also have a forepillar; those lacking the forepillar are referred to as open harps. Depending on its size (which varies considerably), a harp may be played while held in the lap or while it stands on the floor.

HORN

Concordance: a bone-like protrusion from an animal's head; used for trumpets;

- The blowing horn or winding horn is a sound device by and large shaped like a horn or actually a cattle or other animal horn arranged to blow from a hole in the pointed end of it. This rudimentary device had in former times a variety of functions in many countries where nowadays has lost ground to modern society, in most cases reducing its scope to exhibiting, celebratory or group identification purposes.

*The "SHOFAR" is a HORN, traditionally that of a ram, used for Jewish religious purposes. Shofar-blowing is incorporated in synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The shofar was also used to announce holy days, festivals, and the Jubilee year. It was also employed in processions, as a musical accompaniment and was used to signify the start of a war. Note that the 'trumpets' described in Numbers 10 are a different instrument, described by the Hebrew word for 'trumpet' not the word for "shofar". In the Temple of Jerusalem, the shofar was sometimes used together with the trumpet in the tabernacle. The shofar was blown in the time of Joshua at Jericho to herald the Angelic armies. The shofar was also commonly taken out to war so the troops would know when a battle would begin. The person who would blow the shofar would call out to the troops from atop a hill, who were able to hear the call of the shofar from their position because of its distinct sound.

LUTE

Concordance: (replaces 'psaltery' in some translations);

- can refer generally to any plucked string instrument with a neck (either fretted or unfretted) and a deep round back. The origins of the lute are obscure and even organologists debate the very definition of a lute, though most do agree as its referring to chordophones with a neck as distinguished from harps and psalteries. Various types of necked chordophones were used in ancient Egypt (Middle Kingdom 2055 BC-1650 BC), Persia and Armenia. These instruments often had bodies covered with animal skin, and it is unknown exactly when it became replaced with a wooden soundboard.

LYRE (or "Kithara")

Concordance: (replaces 'harp' in some translations);

- is a stringed musical instrument well known for its use in classical antiquity and later. The word comes from the Greek "lyra". The lyre of Classical Antiquity was ordinarily played by being strummed with a plectrum (pick), like a guitar or a zither, rather than being plucked, like a harp. The fingers of the free hand silenced the unwanted strings in the chord. The lyre is similar in appearance to a small harp, but with certain distinct differences.

ORGAN (Pipes)

Concordance: a wind instrument of ancient origin; used in entertainment and worship;

- The pipe organ is a musical instrument that produces sound by driving pressurized air (called wind) through pipes selected via a keyboard. Because each organ pipe produces a single pitch, the pipes are provided in sets called ranks, each of which has a common timbre and volume throughout the keyboard compass. Most organs have multiple ranks of pipes of differing timbre, pitch and loudness that the player can employ singly or in combination through the use of controls called stops. The origins of the pipe organ can be traced back to hydraulis in Ancient Greece during the 3rd century BC, in which the wind supply was created with water pressure. The pumps and water regulators of the hydraulis organ were replaced by an inflated leather bag in the 2nd century AD, and a true bellows began to appear in the sixth or 7th century AD.

PIPE (Flute)

Concordance: a type of hollow-tubed single Flute;

- a musical instrument of the woodwind family that is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument, producing its sound from the flow of air across a single opening. A number of flutes dating to prehistoric times have been found in the Swabian Alb region of Germany. These flutes demonstrate that a developed musical tradition existed from the earliest periods of human presence.

PSALTERY

Concordance: a musical instrument; used in prophecy, processions and worship;

- is a stringed musical instrument of the harp or the zither family. The psaltery of Ancient Greece (Epigonion) dates from at least 2800 BC, when it was a harp-like instrument. Etymologically the word derives from the Ancient Greek (psalterion) “stringed instrument, psaltery, harp” and that from the verb (psallo) “to touch sharply, to pluck, pull, twitch” and in the case of the strings of musical instruments, “to play a stringed instrument with the fingers, and not with the plectron (pick or struming device).”

SACKBUT

Concordance: a wind musical instrument; (possible mistranslation for a "harp" used in the Babylonian orchestra);

- refers to a trombone from the Renaissance and Baroque Eras. More delicately constructed than their modern counterparts, historic trombones feature a softer, more flexible sound and they attracted a sizeable repertoire of original chamber and vocal music.

SISTRUM

Concordance: (replaces 'cornet' in verse from other translations);

- is a musical instrument of the percussion family, chiefly associated with ancient Iraq and Egypt. It consists of a handle and a U-shaped metal frame, made of brass or bronze and between 76 and 30 cm in width. When shaken the small rings or loops of thin metal on its movable crossbars produce a sound that can be anything from a soft "clank" to a loud "jangling". The name derives from the Greek verb seio, to shake, and seistron, is that which is being shaken.

A "drum-like" percussion instrument
A "drum-like" percussion instrument

TIMBREL or TABRET

Concordance: a small hand drum; used in entertainment and worship;

- (the 'tof' of the ancient Hebrews, the 'deff' of Islam, the 'adufe' of the Moors of Spain), the principal musical instrument of percussion for the Israelites, similar in construction to the modern tambourine. The word timbrel is used in the Old Testament in both singular and plural form, so as to suggest that the former referred to a hoop of wood or metal over which was stretched a parchment head; while the plural was perhaps used to designate the tambourine with bells or jangles fixed at intervals in hoops. In Nahum 2:7, where the word "tabering" occurs, it means beating on the breast, as drummers beat on the tabret. The Israelites learned to use the timbrel during their sojourn in Egypt, and it has been suggested that as the Egyptians used it to scare away their evil spirit Typhon. The tabret or timbrel was a favorite instrument of the women, and was used with dances, as by Miriam, to accompany songs of victory, or with the harp at banquets and processions; it was one of the instruments used by King David and his musicians when he danced before the Ark of the Covenant. It was also used in the valley of Hinnom at the sacrificial rites.

TRUMPET

Concordance: a wind musical instrument; used to signal God's presence and assist in worship;

- this is the musical instrument with the highest register in the brass family. Trumpets are among the oldest musical instruments, dating back to at least 1500 B.C. They are constructed of brass tubing bent twice into an oblong shape, and are played by blowing air through closed lips, producing a "buzzing" sound which starts a standing wave vibration in the air column inside the trumpet. The predecessors to trumpets did not have valves, but modern trumpets generally have either three piston valves or three rotary valves. Each valve increases the length of tubing when engaged, thereby lowering the pitch.

ZITHER

Concordance: (replaces 'harp' in other translations of the Book of Daniel);

- is a musical stringed instrument. The term "citre" is also used more broadly, to describe the entire family of instruments in which the strings do not extend beyond the sounding box. This family of stringed instruments includes: the dulcimer, psaltery, guqin, guzheng (Chinese zither), koto, gusli, kantele, gayageum, đàn tranh, kanun, autoharp, santoor, yangqin, piano, harpsichord, santur, swarmandal, and others. The word "citara" is derived from the Greek word "kithara", which is an instrument from classical times used in Ancient Greece and later throughout the Roman Empire as well as in the Arab world. The word "guitar" is likewise derived from the same root name for the musical instrument "kithara".

*TIMPANUM or Timpani (pl.)

*Worth mentioning although NOT listed in the scripture of the Holy Bible, but found in other historical texts relating to the ancient Hebrew people.

Timpani (usually a set of 4), also known as "kettledrums", are musical instruments in the percussion family. It has been said that, "the first recorded use of early Tympanum was in ancient times when it is known that they were used in religious ceremonies by the Hebrews" (Modern Method for Tympani-Saul Goodman-1948) and similar forms of drum are used in Jewish folk music today. They consist of a skin called a "head" stretched over a large bowl traditionally made of copper. Timpani are played by striking the head with a specialized drumstick. Unlike most drums, they are capable of producing an actual pitch when struck, and can be tuned.

WORSHIP and PRAISE in Modern Christianity

Over the evolution of the church during the earlier centuries, a tendency to refine and "fine tune" what was "acceptable" for worship and praise, then occurred. When religion moved in the direction of becoming an institution for the worship of God, it became more regimented and ceremonial in its practices. As a result, what was "proper" then began to follow what was ordained by the hierarchy of the office of the church, but not necessarily with practices following exactly how it had been accounted for and recorded in historical scripture. Worship and praise then gravitated towards the use of only certain musical instruments such as resounding pipe organs and deep melodies with specific hymns written to be sung to that type of music. During this period however, some glorious pieces of music have been composed and beautiful songs written to edify our Lord God.

Later, when the reformation of the Christian church began to occur, worship and praise was placed back into the hands of the smaller churches and its people to decide on what was appropriate. Most followed the lead of their newly adopted religious leaders who interpreted scripture in a way that was closer in alignment to their specific variation of faith, and as a result, new practices were adopted accordingly.

Some religious sects became more conservative in their nature while others were open to more liberal approaches for worship and praise. Thus we now have all of the variant forms of religious practices seen in Christianity today.

There are churches that now use many forms of music and song while others only allow a very restricted practice of musical worship if any at all. For example, there are churches do not allow any instruments other than a basic piano or organ to be used, while others regularly incorporate full orchestras or "electric" band ensembles. Likewise in fact, most Jewish synagogues have banned the use of music altogether, now preferring a more conservative and solemn type of worship observance which is completely contrary to their original biblical practices.

Additionally, dance or "making merry" is frowned upon by some faiths while others allow a more unrestricted style of worship openly in their congregations. All of these variant forms of the Christian faith however should realize what scripture actually states historically and take these things into consideration when potentially criticizing the practices of their neighbors in Christ.

In answer to the original reader's question (about DRUMS):

Although it may be true that drums have been used in more "tribal" settings or even in pagan forms of worship, likewise so have many of the "biblical" instruments listed above also been used. This does not mean that "drums" (percussion instruments) or any of these other musical instruments cannot be used to likewise glorify God. Other forms of percussion instruments are recorded as being used in scripture however (CASTANETS and CYMBALS, the SISTRUM, the TIMBREL or TABRET) and the type of modern drums we are accustomed to were just not necessarily commonplace in the Middle East regions at that time. There is evidence to support that Drums or drum-like instruments were used in these regions during the times that scripture depicts. The *TIMPANI for example, are documented as having been used historically by the Jewish people for both worship and secular purposes in ancient times.

*SEE ALSO: http://hubpages.com/hub/MUSIC-and-SONG-WORSHIP-and-PRAISE-2
(section on Traditional JEWISH MUSIC).

Some churches have frowned on the use of ALL TYPES of percussion instruments simply because the volume of the instruments tend to be a bit loud in comparison to other instruments. Percussion instruments can likewise drown out the sounds of an un-amplified chorus or the singing of a choir. For these reasons alone they are not used in many places.

Other "more creative" approaches have been adopted to include the use of drum-sets that are enclosed in special sound-buffering plexiglas encasements that restrict their volume. Likewise, the use of full electronic sound systems can coordinate the volume of all the various musical instruments and vocals to an appropriate mixture that is both uniform and harmonious. It is merely a matter of preference and what that church or ministry has access to as far as resources. That is the real answer to the question.

The main things to reflect are....

Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you. (Psalm 119:89-91 NIV)

Keeping in mind that: "ALL THINGS are to serve the Lord's purpose"; whether they be carnal or secular in their origin or completely spirit-filled in nature, the end result is the same. If these devices and means are being used to edify and glorify God as founded in scripture, then their purpose and use therein is quite clear. If they are not being used as such, then the Holy Spirit will convict it accordingly and likewise the intent becomes evident.

Since scripture DOES NOT clearly identify that certain instruments or forms of music should not be used, then ALL instruments and types of music could be applicable solely based on their precise use, with the intent and extent of worship and praise that they offer.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
(Colossians 3:15-17 NIV)

The main purpose of this article is to emphasize that concerning the form of worship and praise that is befitting to our Lord God, the "rule book" appears to be pretty much wide open in regards to what musical instruments and songs have been used biblically in the past. Scripture is more precise in teaching us how they should be used or for what purpose. The main criteria seems to imply that worship and praise should simply be derived and filled with the Holy Spirit. It should in all forms honor and glorify our Lord, serving Him with both magnitude and respect.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe... (Hebrews 12:28 NIV)

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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Christ4ever: Congatulations well done oh good and noble servant of God. There is no instrument that man can play that was not first created by God Himself and if he has raised up some person with the talent to play it, He did not do so for the instrument to be silenced but to be played, so as to offer praise to its creator. even bagpipes.

Oddly you did not mention the one instrument that is the most complicated of all to play or use, that being the human voice which in and by itself is an instrument that has the ability to mimic the sound of many of the other instruments, plus the ability to be played softly or loudly, as well as it can range in sound from 1st Soprano to Bass. As a choral vocalist for Almighty God, I stand in awe of the human voice.

Brother Dave


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

Hail Brother Dave! and thanks for your blessed review.

I did not by any means wish to diminish the importance of the human voice (especially knowing your love for the choir) by not emphasizing it more. It was mentioned as in "psalms", which of course are the songs used in praise of our Lord; and briefly under "flutes" as: the human voice IS the earliest known musical instrument.

But as you have mentioned this, I will definitely not forget to cover it more completely with the next section to this article - MUSIC and SONG = WORSHIP and PRAISE (Part 2) under "Hymns".

Likewise... even before mankind used his voice to glorify God, so were the Heavenly Host:

"while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy" (Job 38:7)

and "Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts." (Psalm 148:1-2)


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Great research and well done info, PRAISE THE LORD!


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bettybarnesb 5 years ago from Bartlett, TN

I love the Psalms I read several everyday. Thank you for sharing this hub. Wishing you and your family, health, peace and prosperity. Happy New Year!


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

Thank you Michael, and indeed...PRAISE Him!

Happy New Year to you as well Betty, and to everyone may we keep making a "Joyful Noise" on into 2011!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

"ALL THINGS are to serve the Lord's purpose"...Amen!

I enjoyed all the history and the background information on praise and worship and the instruments used.

thanks for all the hard work and research.

informative hub.


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

Thank you "Tamarajo" - Glad that you and eveyone else have enjoyed this article topic so far. The other sections (Part 2 & 3) have also now been finished and the links are included above.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of this series as it goes further into exploring MUSIC & SONG to parise and worship our Lord.


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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon

Very thorough article! Thank you for referencing my article on worship. This is something that we cannot study too much of.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

Faulous hub! Interesting to note that tabrets with pipes (tamborines) are built within the anointed cherubim! (Ez 28:13)

I've been inspired to get a shofar to hang on my wall when I celebrate the real birthdate of Jesus in September, the Feast of Trumpets! Awesome!!

I wonder what the sound would be to combine the instruments listed in the verses of the Bible...if I ever get the chance to recommend this to a worship team/band, I will!! I bet it's the most beautiful music!

When I visited a Messianic Jewish synagogue, they had beautiful music in instruments, song and even dance ~ a small circle of dancers, flowing in specific movements and steps with the melody in worship to the Lord. I'll never forget it.

At a more conservative Christian church, their drummer was enclosed in a booth. The music was definitely worshipful and not for vain glory or 'show'. The musicians were truly servants of God leading us into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise...right up into the holy of holies.

One of my most favorite Bible passages about the importance of Praise in music is found in 2 Chr 20:17-25. The battle waged against Judah was won because of the praises of God's people! They never had to lift a hand to fight the battle, for the LORD turned the two enemy armies against each other, destroying them all!

As I sat in church last week I thought about how we start out the service with praise and worship...before we get the meat of the Word. So many just want to go to hear the message, but praise is our sacrifice to God ~ "We bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord!" Then, shall we hear from heaven ~ He will anoint that pastor and feed His sheep!!

This is awesome. Thanks for the teaching on all these instruments and their purpose in worship. Bookmarked! God bless you!


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

Jane Grey - Thank you for your blessing. Your articles are likewise very insightful. And agreed as well, we can never study too much from the Word (or observe and practice) or have too much Worship and Praise for Him!

And my Sister Carrie (Judah's Daughter) what a fantastic idea! That would be so awesome to listen to a whole ensemble of all those different instruments playing in harmony together.

Also interestingly enough (and probably while you were writing your comment here), the Spirit had led me to do a brief update/revision on Part 2 of this article series, concerning another point and a couple of scripture verses I had neglected (one of which is from the exact Chapter in 2 Chronicles you had mentioned)... WOW!

SEE the section for "The POWER of WORSHIP and PRAISE" in Part 2: http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/MUSIC-and-...


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

P.S. - Also to note that (Judah's Daughter) comment on the "Tabrets with Pipes" that were built into the Anointed Cherub (Satan) of (Ezekiel 28:13), because that was one of his jobs being the orchestra leader for the Choirs of Heaven.

Likewise to note that some theologians point to this conclusion, as well as the idea that mankind was created to replace Satan's former position, as a self-perpetuating and unending vessel to offer worship and praise in glorifying God (another reason that Satan is bent on our destruction).


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

WOW!!!! Lots of research done here! GREAT JOB!!! Thank you for your hard work in your presentation!! Love it! Voted-up!


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

Two more little comments, my fellow servant...

I don't know that I'd put ALL the instruments together in one band, but rather the ones shown as listed together in the verses...kind of like, we can't put every color together in one or it turns black ~ lol

And, while I believe Ez 28:13 is speaking of a fallen cherub, aka the king of Tyre (whereas the fallen cherub known as helel [aka Lucifer] in Isaiah 14 was referring to the king of Babylon) ~ I don't believe either to be Satan himself...but, I cover that in my hubs. The point is, cherubim ~ most likely all of them ~ have tabrets and pipes (sockets) built within them ~ as tamborines! God loves music!!

Love and blessings ~ JD


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

@drpastorcarlotta - Thank you Pastor Carlotta for the kind words and keep up the excellence in worship and praise on your end with "Breakout".

@Judah's Daughter - With the collection of instruments, I was originally thinking along the lines from one of the other articles I was reading (Journal of Research in Music Education); i.e.: King Solomon had designated (12) instruments for use in the 1st Temple with 24 choral groups and 288 musicians - What an orchestra that would be to hear! But smaller ensembles broken down into groups with the specific instruments listed from that scripture verse (and perhaps playing/singing that particular Psalm for example) would be cool to hear as well and maybe even to the extent of making a collection of Ancient Hebrew Folk tunes.

And yes! The Cherubim being in the "Upper Heaven" at the Throne of God Himself, along with all the Choirs of Heaven offering praise. I would imagine that the Seraphim, Cherubim and the Thrones are all highly musical celestial creatures that have all manner of instruments and talents.


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

@Judah's Daughter - Also great articles you have written BTW on the forces of evil (Satan, Lucifer, etc.) which I am likewise referencing in an upcoming read on the influences of the supernatural with "Spritual Warfare" in the world. I do however (IMO) feel more of an inclination that the "Anointed Cherub" ("cast as a profane thing out of the mountain of God") referred to in the one verse (Ez 28:13) points more towards "Satan" (a singular creature) as the "fallen angel" that then guised himself as "the serpent" in the Garden (him already being present there), as opposed to the "Cherubim" (plural) from GEN 3:24 that were later placed by the Lord (as servants of God) in the east to "guard the way to the tree of life". (Just something to consider) Which is another way of interpreting the same verse in Ezekiel which is more of a multi-layered "midrashic" analogy with a lot more depth in meaning that what appears on the surface of course.

Anyway, for purpose of the above article the "personifications" are not as important as drawing attention to the point that you made where probably ALL the Cherubim are uniquely gifted "musical creatures" that existed in Heaven prior to mankind being created and were invloved with a variety of instruments for the purpose of worshiping and praising the Lord God.


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fred allen 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

I've been in churches that condemn contemporary Christian music as being worldly imitators with dressed up lyrics. I've been in churches that have embraced an upbeat style of worship using these same songs, led by a band complete with guitar bass piano and drums. I prefer the latter, but the former has it's solemn dignity. You certainly put a lot into this hub. You did a fine job.


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

Thank you Fred for the kind remarks. It's all about bringing honor to our Lord in worship and praise. As I am sure those other places do exist... When these topics come up I keep thinking about the thought (John 15) that... If our places of worship are doing the right thing by abiding in Christ, He will be glorified and they will be fruitful. If not otherwise, they are cast away from the body of Christ and wither.

Praise His name on high!... Thanks again, Rev.Ted


Jazz4God 5 years ago

Thanks for this post!

As a Christian musician and music director in our church, this will really help me in my journey in understanding the history of church music! If you have other sources which can be of great help in my research, I would love to have them and share this knowledge in my country, Philippines.

I'm praying for a great understanding and awareness regarding this topic for my brethren here in my country because different denominations have different ways in worship through this art form. What if there will be a synthesis of this diversity in music, and the body of Christ will worship God through JESUS CHRIST as one voice?

It' s traditional or ethnic music and contemporary music. like old and new generation in one.

Hope you can impart your wisdom and knowledge to me! God bless you!


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

@Jazz4God - Hi and thanks for your comment. Glad it will be helpful for you in your worship ministry!

Most of this material I had researched from other sources on the internet (wikipedia for example) as well as some of my own material. The other sections to this article series (PARTS 2 & 3) also have links to existing HubPages that you may find useful (such as: "Christian Praise & Worship Songs" & "How to Build a List of Praise & Worship Songs for Worship Leaders" by AndrewGee) to what you are trying to accomplish.

As a composer, it would be really interesting to work on a "blend" of different musics as you have stated. By all means, email some samples of your work in the future so we can share with everyone!

Blessings for your fruitful success... Rev.Ted


Jazz4God 5 years ago

Thanks for the reply! This will indeed help me a lot!

I'm just wondering, what church are you shepherding? I mean what denomination?

Yes sure i would gladly share some of my songs in the future and even work on some projects with you.

here's a link of one of my songs! tell me what you think about it after you've listened! http://soundcloud.com/user6004040/halellujah-mas this is still rough!

Thanks and God bless!


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

@Jazz4God - Hi Earl, that was a great rendition on "You Alone are Worthy", a very heart felt and modern hymnal like sound. I also liked "Blessed Assurance" where your obvious talents and jazz influence prevail. I have seen services for example, where you could use your more contemporary pieces at start (to really get the Holy Spirit moving through the congregation) and building to to a crescendo, then conclude with something more solemn like your hymn; with a nice finishing touch by having the Pastor walk out near the end, to join in and finish the worship offering additional praise and response (then leading in to the beginning of their sermon message).

Definitely keep me on your list to stay in touch with how your worship ministry goes and love to share more feedback with you in the future. For myself, I am non-denominational and work completely from the "Word of God" based on Christ's teachings for His new covenant church. I attend/work with a couple of different charismatic churches and am part of a new upstart ministry working with missions related projects as well.

With blessings...Rev.Ted


jazz4God 5 years ago

INDEED GOD IS PRAISED!

Thank you brother for the thoughts about how to do a worship service using traditional and contemporary.

The church where I grew up have adopted contemporary music with some hymns after the praise and worship. Our pastor and the praise and worship team are still praying that all the persons in the congregation will worship God whole heartedly not just a "lip service" because a number of our church members is still very reserve in expressing their praise and worship to God .This spiritual problem ( lip service ) seems to be present to many of the protestant churches here in my country.

The momentum of the service , from contemporary songs to hymns and going to the sermon, seems to be awkward because when we start singing the hymns ( in traditional style as written in the hymnals), it's not as moving compared to the contemporary songs.

I'm confused about this because how can the singing of these powerful hymns be not as moving as the contemporary songs? I know for a fact that hymns are as powerful as the contemporary praise and worship songs, HOLY HOLY GOD ALMIGHTY, MY TRIBUTE, HOW GREAT THOU ART etc. What do you think ? How do we help the congregation be able to sing from their hearts no matter what style of music or what song as long it is praise and worship? Do you think we need to educate them about hymnology? about contemporary music as well? Does the congregation has to undergo like music appreciation sessions? Or simply understand the words and music and let the congregation understand what really is worship?

I'm asking this question because our congregation is very diverse in terms of music preferences. the youth loves pop, rock songs, hip hop etc. the young adults love some new songs but more on pop rock, ballades, more of he 90's and 80's and the older one's like my mom ( who happens to be a lyric soprano ,classical singer, a choral conductor and the former music director ) loves traditional and classical music. It seems to me that this" diversity" is the culprit why the traditionalists can't worship using modern music as much as the contemporary listeners and it's vice versa. And also the lack of understanding of true worship as well.

I know that this is a big leap of faith on my part , as a rookie in leading the music ministry, to try to blend all the styles in one worship and try to synthesize or come up with a generic form of music that everybody would be able to sing with in our worship. It's like being able to compromise to the preferences of everybody in terms of music having a harmony in singing praise songs and still able to worship whole heartedly in spirit and in truth to the GOD ALMIGHTY!

Hoping for you reply!

Be blessed always!

Earl


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

@Jazz4God - I think the easiest answer to what you have described above is all in the "flow" of things during your services. I also have noticed with the better worship services, that a key element for helping the congregations is a visible display of the lyrics for every piece and the use of the church choir to set the pace and tone for the singing. This makes it easier for the people to follow along and participate if they so wish.

Back to the "flow", if you have good smooth transitional music between the arrangements (between the finish and start of a new set of lyrics), it works well. By using the same instruments for the hymns (and for all the music pieces) you can accomplish this well without any abrupt changes or stops (i.e. switching from electric Keyboard, Stringed and Wind instruments to a Pipe Organ would not work well). This way the music itself never really ceases from one song to the next, only a change in the lyrics for each part.

Look at all the great classical composers who were masters at transitioning a lengthy symphony piece with many different combinations of instruments, styles of playing and fluctuations in tempo. They are the best example of this and the same technique can be adopted to any variety of music.

Hope that helps provide a better picture.... Rev.Ted


Jazz4God 5 years ago

Oh yes! I think that's a good idea! having the transition to go smoothly....I think you're right,same as with contemporary church cantatas. Like an intermezzo, music in between acts. yeah, I'll try listening and studying bach , mozart and handels operas , cantatas and symphonies.

Thank you for these wisdom treasures!

I will update you from time to time Pastor!

God bless you always!


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

@Jazz4God - With blessings to you as well for your continued work and service to the Lord. Until then!


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olgakhumlo 5 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

Dear James,

I appreciate your comments,and a Christian music that glorifies God; and does not invite the demons.God bless you.


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olgakhumlo 5 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

I like your hub especially your quote from Hebrews 12:28.Thanks for answering my question. God bless you.


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

@ olgakhumlo - Thanks for the remarks and AMEN to that! Our Lord is that "consuming fire" that will never leave us nor forsake us... Be blessed always! Rev.Ted


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

hello bro. Another Beautiful hob of love. I will need to come back to Finnish but I will do that. I have bookmarked linked and up and awesome. I love the pictures. Thank You Lord for Christ4ever. I pray you shower Him in your favor and continued Blessings I am touched and honored the knowledge is at my fingertips. The word is written in heartfelt truth. I am Grateful.

Glory to God Rev Ted. Hugs Galore Cheers to Christ+


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

Hello sister Skye and thank you for your prayers and kind words. In my personal prayers, I only ask that I may better serve our Lord and understand His words with more wisdom. It is His Spirit that I rejoice with, when He moves through me. Continue to be likewise blessed in your own endeavors!... Rev.Ted


jazz4God 5 years ago

To Rev. Ted

Pastor I praise God in the highest!

We just had our church's yearly anniversary celebration and the suggestions you gave me before I implemented them.

Glory to God pastor the worship went so well that the presence of God manifested in our church. The congregation was so blessed in singing the praise songs and the hymns which I've arranged with a new sound to it.

we sang contemporary songs from different artists and some old hymns like Praise ye the Lord ( in country rock style with acoustic and electric guitars ) then higher ground ( still 3 4 time signture country style with flute sound on the keyboard a bit ballady) and lasty the hymn We've a story to tell to the nations ( in classical style with brass sound, marching like feel) of course the band was playing all these songs.

And now, another big worship is coming. It will be the easter sunrise service where we will have a joint worship of different denominations ( body of christ ) and I was appointed to be the music director of this interchurch music team ( a band with choirs ). What can you suggest how to go about this big endeavor?

Thanks! and God bless you!


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

@jazz4God - Hi Earl! That is simply fantastic. I am so joyful for your success. I am glad the Holy Spirit gave me the correct words to share with you, to further glorify our Lord God in your effective worship and praise. It must have really sounded wonderful for everyone!

With your upcoming service, I would go with something similar like the success you have already experienced. The only thing you may wish to add or alter (since maybe you now have more Chorus avaialble) would be something to fully utilize and emphasize the singing of the Choirs. Maybe a couple of pieces that refect more to the occasion of Christ and His resurrection. He has given you a unique talent there in musical composition. Just pray for His endwelling to avoid any "writers block" and let His Spirit truly move through you, the bands and the Choirs. Let Him be the conductor of the orchestra through you. Once again I am so happy for you and your church! Save us a copy of your worship services to share later if at all possible.

Praise Him! Alleluia - Halleluja - Halleluyah "Praise Yah" (from the first Syllable of YaH-WeH), our Lord God almighty in the highest! May the Lord's blessings continue with you. Keep me informed as your ministry blossoms - With His Peace...Rev.Ted


jazz4God 5 years ago

@Rev.Ted

Praise the Lord! Halleluja!

Thank you so much for the advice from heaven through you!

I definitely will give you a copy of our worship service in print or in video depending on God's provision!

God is using our church to unite the body of Christ here in Toril, Davao City Philippines in Glorifying Him through worship, edifying the saints and especially reaching the Lost!

Please support us with your prayers that God will continue to unite and ignite the hearts of all believers here in my area....

By the way, the body of Christ here is composed of protestants, baptists, pentecostal and other groups from other fellowships.

On that easter sunrise, we hope to worship God as one true church!

Thanks again rev. Ted and God bless you!


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

@jazz4God - Anytime my friend! My prayers go with you and I call for anyone reading this hub to likewise pray for Earl and their worship ministry as well. Be blessed and looking forward to the rest.


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

Pastor Mensah... Our prayers will continue to be with you in your efforts. Feel free to use any materials we have available here or on our websites. May the Lord's hand bless you and guide you to greater serve is will... Rev.Ted


Jazz4God 5 years ago

@Rev. Ted

Hello brother!

I have been so busy with the music and worship ministry here.

God had been so good to us! There is a great move of God here in Davao. last May, we just had our first revival seminar and worship in our church, a protestant church.

Then just this July, we had 5 day crusade evangelism and healing, 2 locations on the first 4 days and on the 5th day a crusade and anointing service for all christians. There were thousands getting saved and miracles happened.

Now, another crusade and revival meeting soon in a near by city because God gave an opening and the people of God are hungry for HIS outpouring.

During the course of the previous revivals, May and July, there were two confirmed prophesies to us, the revival team with my worship ministry ( worship team). It was prophesied that God will use our team for the revival of Davao city and the whole mindanao island. Then just recently, God showed us a third confirmation from a missions organization named INTERNATIONAL TEAMS . we attended the orientation of this said missions agency last TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY when the Lord talked to one of the teachers of this seminar/orientation and confirmed our work for the Lord then one of the supporters of this missions asked our team to handle the mindanao wide mission festival because he felt/ revealed by God that our ministerial fellowship here in my area are united and has the heart for evangelism, equipping the body of christ to maturity and leading the body to a unified worship.

Our revival, evangelism team is composed of teachers, preachers and anointed worship team who has the heart for evangelization, edification and glorification to our God!

I am so blessed and excited to work for the kingdom of God! and I'm happy to share to you that God gave me 6 new praise and worship songs in just one day! God is still pouring new songs in my heart because just like yesterday, another song is given by God to me. And because of this, I am preparing for our praise and worship album this year and believing that God will use this album to stir the hearts of our brethren here in my city. I will share to you a song that that God has given me and title of the song is "Revive us". here is the link and tell what you think, it is still rough though it needs editing.heheh...

http://soundcloud.com/user6004040/revive-us-demo

Be blessed my brother!

Bro.Earl John


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@jazz4God - Hello my good brother Earl! - It is so good to hear from you and share your celebration in success with the Lord's hand in your ministry. He apparently is moving you in a mighty way to glorify and praise him! I keep seeing news where our brothers and sisters are being persecuted for their efforts in various parts of the world - I will continue to pray for the revival that is taking place there!

The song sounds great and I like the lyrics also - you can tell it comes from the heart as well. Continue to seek Him and more doors will open for you and your teams! Praise His mighty name as He continues to use all of us to serve His purpose and further the advance of His Kingdom here on Earth. Think about the Prayer of Jabez in your ministry (I Chron 4:10). It is perfect for the revival that is going on there with you and your faithful partners. The Lord is surely expanding the reach of His hand and your ministry. Keep me informed as you continue forward. Again be blessed my friend and our prayers are with you all... Rev.Ted


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writerjay 5 years ago from Bellingham, WA

I have never read such an informative account of music in praise and worship. Thank you!


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

Hello my good sister Jay - thanks for stopping by and sharing. It's all about heart and soul - our relationship with the Lord and how the Holy Spirit pours into us all (especially in the case of Praise and Worship). I am so glad you enjoyed the info! Continue to be blessed in Him... Rev.Ted


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no body 4 years ago from Rochester, New York

My sister told me she used to go to a church that encouraged its members and any visitors to bring instruments to the services. She said she would bring a tamborine with her and shake it during services. I had a slight problem with it only because it could be a disruption at important times during the service when preaching or the invitation for salvation was going on. We at my church have many instruments in the worship. Some songs may be best expressed with strings, some with percussion. Keyboard usually is there or guitar. Drums are almost always present when we have a drummer. I would say that anyone that takes the Bible seriously and is a student of the word will not have any problem with instruments of any kind in the praise. God put his stamp of approval to all styles of music and types of expression. The thing is: you hit it right on the head, the local assembly now is given the leading by the Spirit to include or exclude for that assembly what is proper. I am sure I tolerate more types of music in my worship than does many more conservative worship people yet I have a problem with everyone having a tamborine and other places may not. Some churches use their bodies and voice throughout the service and others do not. Again it is the Spirit communicating and giving utterance to the worship for that group. Absolutely stunning article. I enjoyed it immensely. I have just recently (since retirement) learning music and playing a little at home. It would be so cool to be a blessing at church for my brothers and sisters to hear a beautiful noise of worship from my instrument. Thanks again, Bob.


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christ4ever 4 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

Hello "no body" and thank you for your sincere observations - Agreed, that our Lord just simply wants us to acknowlege Him regardless of our approach. (Sorry for the delayed response as I was on a missions trip).

With blessings and in His peace always - Rev.Ted.


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no body 4 years ago from Rochester, New York

No problem Rev. Ted. I hope all went well with the trip. Prayer is the key now to any seeds planted there. I will pray for it and you. Bob.


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christ4ever 4 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia Author

Likewise good brother Bob, with continued prayers. - May His peace be always with you and success in your musical endeavors worshiping our faithful Lord!


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Joanmaynard 3 years ago from St Kitts

Wow! Thank you christ4ever, for taking the time out and doing such profound research. It makes me happy to know that there is someone that loves music as much and even more that i do. i was looking aorund to get some information on the history of music, and i can gladly say i need not look any further.

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