Music in the Bible: 7 verses

Music is one of the many ways that exist to worship God. Throughout the Bible we can find many verses that urge us to worship God with songs and musical instruments. Only in the book of Psalms we will find many verses about it.

Next we will leave some verses that will bring us various teachings regarding the theme of music in the Bible.

It is God who gives us the lyrics and melodies

Did you ever dream that you sang a song that you never heard in your life? Did you know that those lyrics and melodies come from the same heaven? This is confirmed by the book of Job:

But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;

Job 35:10

The mandate to praise Him with songs

We all know that the book of Psalms urges us to praise God, but throughout the Bible, even in the New Testament, we find that we should praise our God with spiritual psalms, hymns and songs.

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Ephesians 5:19

Our songs must be from the heart

It is not only to sing to God, it is to do it from the heart.

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.

Colossians 3:16

Our song must be the Almighty God

God is the one who gives us the victory and He must be our song. Deborah and Barak had this very clear, so they sang to God after defeating Sisera.

Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.

Judges 5:3

Good intentions, bad procedures

On one occasion David tried to take the ark to Jerusalem and there was such joy that musical instruments were played:

And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

2 Samuel 6:5

While moving the ark, someone worried that the ark would fall, because the oxen stumbled

And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.

2 Samuel 6:6

But that person was not authorized to touch the ark, so God cut him.

And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

2 Samuel 6:7

Music organization

In the Bible we found that the music was organized, we find an example of this when David took the ark to Jerusalem, where a person who was instructed about the song, started to lead the song.

And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skilful.

1 Chronicles 15:22

Music in the heaven

In the heaven there are also musical instruments and it is sung before the One who redeemed us.

8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Revelation 5:8-10

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