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Music In The Bible

Music is a constant in most of our lives and in the Bible as well. The first musician, Jubal,
is mentioned as “the father of all who play the harp and flute” in Genesis 4:21. In Exodus,
after the parting of the red sea, Miriam and all the women played timbrels and danced.

Perhaps the Biblical figure who most remember for his musical abilities is David. David
charmed others with his harp playing wrote songs and made music. Psalm 22 begins with
“For the director of music. To the tune of, The Doe of the Morning.” A Psalm of David.”
The Psalms speak often of praising the Lord with song. Nowhere is it more evident that
music was used for worship than in Psalm 150:

“Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary;

Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
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 lute and harp!
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with crashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!”

Many other times in the Old Testament, music was mentioned. King Solomon was cred-
ited with writing more than 1,000 songs. Solomon also had many musicians in his court.
In II Kings, Elisha’s minstrel played and then Elisha gave prophecies.

In the New Testament, hymns were a source of comfort and strength as early Christians
faced their challenges. Jesus sang hymns with his disciples. One of the most mentioned
times is after the Last Supper. “When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount
of Olives.” (Mark 14:26.)

In Acts 16: 25 Paul and Silas used hymns to comfort them when there were in prison.--
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other
prisoners were listening to them.”

Jean Welles, Christian Guitar Instructor •

The Bible further talks about the role of music in Colossians: “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

In Revelations, the Bible talks about music during the end times. “And I heard a sound
from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I
heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the
throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song
except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.” (Revelations: 14: 2-3).

The role of music in worship continues today. Most church services start with musical
worship. Music is an international language and worship music is a way we can express
our gratitude to God. Like the musicians and heroes of the Bible, modern day Christians
use music to exalt the name of God.

Jean Welles, Christian Guitar Instructor •