How do we worship? What are we “allowed” to do while still being reverent before the Lord, worshiping in spirit and truth? What is God's desire for our worship? Does He give us the right to pick and choose how we worship?
Over the course of this multi-part devotional, we will discover and learn the ways that we can actively worship God when we come together as the gathered Church. We are told in Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth that our mere existence, even eating or drinking, can be worship to God; so we understand that our worship is not confined to a time or a place—it is a lifestyle. This mini-series is intended to develop our worship as it pertains to the intentional physical and spiritual acts that we do during our worship. Granted, these things can (and should) be done whether we are at church or not. My hope is that churches and believers everywhere, will experience true freedom in worship together—a glimpse into what heaven may be like one day. God desires us to worship in this way. Let’s learn together.
“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT)
Part 6: Our Hands - Playing Instruments
“He stationed the Levites in the temple of the Lord with cymbals, harps and lyres in the way prescribed by David and Gad the king’s seer and Nathan the prophet; this was commanded by the Lord through his prophets.” 2 Chronicles 29:25 (NIV)
“Make music to the Eternal with the harp; sing a beautiful melody with the harp and chorus. With trumpets and horns, fill the air with joyful sounds to the King, the Eternal.” Psalm 98:5-6 (VOICE)
“The Lord will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the Lord.” Isaiah 38:20 (NIV)
“Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals.” Psalm 150:5 (NLT)
The use of instruments in worship is mentioned all throughout the Bible. The worship leaders would often prepare the way in a battle, walking before the soldiers, giving God the praise before any fighting had even taken place. The Bible is clear that we should make music to the Lord with everything we have available to us, so our church encourages the use of a variety of instruments in worship. God commanded men to make music with cymbals, harps, and lyres in His temple, setting aside a specific group of skilled musicians to lead the worship.