From the beginning, musical instruments have been the base of congregational worship. The first musical instruments can be traced all the way back to Genesis 4:21 “His brother’s name was Jubal; he was the father of all who play stringed instruments and pipes.”
In Psalms 149 and 150, the Bible commands that we worship God with music, songs and dance. Whether it is a fully amplified band or a simple drum circle, music allows us to express our many forms of praise and worship to our God.
Psalm 150:3-5 says, “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.”
Hebrews 2:12 “Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.”
Worship Music Effects the Heavenlies
Worshiping with music is an important activity in the heavenly realms as well as in the natural. Revelation 5:8 says, “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 in Revelation 14:2 “And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:” Nothing lifts our spirits, touches our hearts, heals us and brings us together like music and song.
Musical Instruments and Song Touch Us Deeply
Music lifts us out of our circumstances and touches our spirit in deep places. David soothed King Saul with his harp and when the prodigal son returned, there was music and dancing to celebrate. Music unifies us as believers, crossing all cultural and socioeconomic boundaries.
Aside from our awesome Sunday worship bands and singers, there are instruments that you can enhance your community worship times (given permission by your worship leader of course!) and private time in worship as well.
You can start by getting a simple drum, wood block or tambourine and then find a drum circle you can join in your area or even start by practicing to worship music in your home. Once you find a group of believers that like to worship “unplugged”, go out to parks or public places to minister or even just like their group worship a bit more “tribal” you’ll be amazed by how much fun and how connected you feel when you pick up a worship instrument, no matter how simple and start to worship at another level.
We offer some simple instruments to get you started:
Drums – the heartbeat of God, are portable and can be used in almost any worship setting.
Shofars – or rams horns are a powerful ancient instrument, used by the Israelite in battle and in religious ceremonies. For the believer, the Shofar represents the shout of Jesus’ victory over sin and death.
Tambourines – or timbre is one of the oldest instruments used in the bible. Miriam used a tambourine to gather the Israelites and celebrate the victory over the Pharaoh’s army.
War Sticks – or rhythm sticks define the beat of a song and can be used in intercession or for taking of territory.
So pick up an easy instrument to start as there are many that are easier to pick up than you may think, including most that we carry in The Worship Store. Drums, tambourine, rain stick, shakers, wood block, even the Shofar are all significantly easier to start and excel with than most band or symphony type instruments.