Should Christians Worship to Rock Music?
by Rich Deem

Introduction

There are a number of Christians who have argued that God is not honored through rock music, even if the music is written by Christians and proclaims God's glory through the lyrics. This page will examine some of the issues involved in Christian worship and what the Bible has to say about them.

What are the components of Christian worship?

There are many ways to worship God. When we hear the word "worship," we usually think about singing praises to God along with musical accompaniment. However, everything that we do with our bodies should be done as an act of worship:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)

God sings to us!

However, since this page is looking at the role of music in Christian worship, we will examine this issue specifically. In doing this study, I was surprised to find that God Himself sings to us!

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)

Music/singing in Jewish/early Christian worship

The Old Testament records that singing was an integral part of Jewish worship. This worship consisted of singing1 (with and without accompaniment). It is clear from the Bible that the early Christian church worshipped Christ through singing, and we are encouraged to do so.2 In addition, even secular accounts (e.g., Pliny the Younger, governor of Pontus/Bithynia from 111-113 AD) recorded the early Christian church's singing to Christ:

"They asserted, however, that the sum and substance of their fault or error had been that they were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god.3

Use of instruments

The use of instruments in worship is also recorded in the scriptures. Among the instruments mentioned are lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, flutes, trumpets, timbrels, and cymbals.4 In fact, virtually all of the Psalms were performed to musical accompaniment. Many Psalms even mention the tune to which they are to be sung.

Too loud?

Many people object to the level of music, especially when it comes to rock music. However, when you are really worshipping God, the joy (and sound level) cannot be contained. Scripture records many instances where the singing and playing to the Lord was very loud.5 The descriptions include such phrases as "the earth shook," "with all their might," "loud," "was heard from afar," "shout," and "resounding." In many instances we are encouraged by the scriptures to "shout" our joy to the Lord while singing. Shouting cannot be done quietly or in any kind of reserved way.

Too weird?

Bruchko, by Bruce OlsenSome people think that rock music is too weird to give honor to the Lord. However, there is a good story in one of my favorite books, Bruchko by Bruce Olson, that relates to this question. Bruce Olson spent many years in South America attempting to witness to the Motilone people. He became friends with a boy, Bobby (real name was Bobarishora), who became a young man through the years that Bruce stayed with the people. Bruce eventually learned the language and led Bobby to faith in Jesus Christ (a fascinating story on its own). Bobby was so excited about his faith that he spent an entire night (14 hours) witnessing to his lodge in a way that was uniquely Motilone. Here is Bruce's account of the singing and his reaction to it:

Bobby's song was about the way the Motilones had been deceived and had lost God's trail. He told how they had once known God but had been greedy and had followed a false prophet. Then he began to sing about Jesus. As he did so, the other men who were singing stopped. Everyone became quiet in order to listen.
"Jesus Christ was incarnated into man," Bobby sang. "He has walked our trails. He is God, yet we can know Him."
The home was deathly still except for Bobby's wailing song and Abjibacayra's repetition. People were straining their ears to hear. Inside me, however, a spiritual battle was raging. I found myself hating the song. It seemed so heathen. The music, chanted in a strange minor key, sounded like witch music. It seemed to degrade the gospel. Yet when I looked at the people around me and up at the chief swinging in his hammock, I could see that they were listening as though their lives depended upon it. It was Bobby giving them spiritual truth through the song...
"But, Lord," I replied, "why am I so repulsed by it?"
Then I saw that it was because I was sinful. I could love the Motilone way of life, but when it came to spiritual matters I thought I had the only way. But my way wasn't necessarily God's way. God was saying, "I, too, love the Motilone way of life. I made it. And I'm going to tell them about My Son in My way."

Even though Bruce was unaccustomed to the harsh tones of Motilone singing, he realized that the music was honoring to God. The music that was initially repulsive to Bruce led to the salvation of the entire home that Bobby lived in, and eventually to the salvation of virtually the entire village and other Motilone villages.

Even if we personally don't appreciate Christian rock music, but it honors God, we should not judge others for the way in which they worship. We are encouraged to do all things to the glory of God,6 and if we do so with a clear conscience, we should not be judged by other Christians.7

All music good?

Music can be used for both good and evil purposes, and is seldom spiritually neutral. Examples exist within the Bible of music being used for evil purposes. For example, king Nebuchadnezzar made a large golden idol, and called people to worship it through the sound of musical instruments.8 Much of the modern secular music encourages its listeners to engage in immoral activities and bow down to the idols of materialism. Such music is inappropriate for Christians, even if it "has a good beat" or is in some other way appealing to listen to.

Music in your future?

Singing is not an optional component of worship for Christians. The scriptures make it clear that we are to sing to the Lord,2 and such a desire should flow naturally from a grateful heart that has received the free gift of God's salvation through Jesus Christ. Yes, there will be singing in heaven.9 I can't say that the music will be rock and roll, but I wouldn't be surprised if it were loud and energetic.


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  1. Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said, "I will sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted; The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. (Exodus 15:1)
    And Miriam answered them, "Sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted; The horse and his rider He has hurled into the sea." (Exodus 15:21)
    "Hear, O kings; give ear, O rulers! I-- to the LORD, I will sing, I will sing praise to the LORD, the God of Israel. (Judges 5:3)
    "Therefore I will give thanks to Thee, O LORD, among the nations, And I will sing praises to Thy name. (2 Samuel 22:50)
    Now these are those whom David appointed over the service of song in the house of the LORD, after the ark rested there. (1 Chronicles 6:31)
    And they ministered with song before the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem; and they served in their office according to their order. (1 Chronicles 6:32)
    And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful. (1 Chronicles 15:22)
    Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen with all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the singing with the singers. David also wore an ephod of linen. (1 Chronicles 15:27)
    Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. (1 Chronicles 16:9)
    Sing to the LORD, all the earth; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. (1 Chronicles 16:23)
    All these were under the direction of their father to sing in the house of the LORD, with cymbals, harps and lyres, for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the direction of the king. (1 Chronicles 25:6)
    And their number who were trained in singing to the LORD, with their relatives, all who were skillful, was 288. (1 Chronicles 25:7)
    in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying, "He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting," then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, (2 Chronicles 5:13)
    And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, "Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting." (2 Chronicles 20:21)
    Moreover, Jehoiada placed the offices of the house of the LORD under the authority of the Levitical priests, whom David had assigned over the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses-- with rejoicing and singing according to the order of David. (2 Chronicles 23:18)
    Then Hezekiah gave the order to offer the burnt offering on the altar. When the burnt offering began, the song to the LORD also began with the trumpets, accompanied by the instruments of David, king of Israel. (2 Chronicles 29:27)
    While the whole assembly worshiped, the singers also sang and the trumpets sounded; all this continued until the burnt offering was finished. (2 Chronicles 29:28)
    Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites from all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem so that they might celebrate the dedication with gladness, with hymns of thanksgiving and with songs to the accompaniment of cymbals, harps, and lyres. (Nehemiah 12:27)
    I will give thanks to the LORD according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. (Psalm 7:17)
    I will be glad and exult in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O Most High. (Psalm 9:2)
    Sing praises to the LORD, who dwells in Zion; Declare among the peoples His deeds. (Psalm 9:11)
    I will sing to the LORD, Because He has dealt bountifully with me. (Psalm 13:6)
    Therefore I will give thanks to Thee among the nations, O LORD, And I will sing praises to Thy name. (Psalm 18:49)
    Be Thou exalted, O LORD, in Thy strength; We will sing and praise Thy power. (Psalm 21:13)
    And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me; And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD. (Psalm 27:6)
    Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones, And give thanks to His holy name. (Psalm 30:4)
    That my soul may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to Thee forever. (Psalm 30:12)
    Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright. (Psalm 33:1)
    Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings. (Psalm 33:2)
    Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. (Psalm 33:3)
    (For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to Alamoth. A Song.) God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
    Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. (Psalm 47:6)
    For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm. (Psalm 47:7)
    Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation; Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Thy righteousness. (Psalm 51:14)
    My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! (Psalm 57:7)
    I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to Thee among the nations. (Psalm 57:9)
    But as for me, I shall sing of Thy strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Thy lovingkindness in the morning, For Thou hast been my stronghold, And a refuge in the day of my distress. (Psalm 59:16)
    O my strength, I will sing praises to Thee; For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness. (Psalm 59:17)
    So I will sing praise to Thy name forever, That I may pay my vows day by day. (Psalm 61:8)
    For Thou hast been my help, And in the shadow of Thy wings I sing for joy. (Psalm 63:7)
    Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious. (Psalm 66:2)
    "All the earth will worship Thee, And will sing praises to Thee; They will sing praises to Thy name." Selah. (Psalm 66:4)
    Let the nations be glad and sing for joy; For Thou wilt judge the peoples with uprightness, And guide the nations on the earth. Selah. (Psalm 67:4)
    (For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.) Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered; And let those who hate Him flee before Him. (Psalm 68:1)
    Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him. (Psalm 68:4)
    Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; Sing praises to the Lord, Selah. (Psalm 68:32)
    I will also praise Thee with a harp, Even Thy truth, O my God; To Thee I will sing praises with the lyre, O Thou Holy One of Israel. (Psalm 71:22)
    My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to Thee; And my soul, which Thou hast redeemed. (Psalm 71:23)
    But as for me, I will declare it forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. (Psalm 75:9)
    (For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph, a Song.) God is known in Judah; His name is great in Israel. (Psalm 76:1)
    (A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.) I will sing of the lovingkindness of the LORD forever; To all generations I will make known Thy faithfulness with my mouth. (Psalm 89:1)
    O satisfy us in the morning with Thy lovingkindness, That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. (Psalm 90:14)
    (A Psalm, a Song for the Sabbath day.) It is good to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High; (Psalm 92:1)
    For Thou, O LORD, hast made me glad by what Thou hast done, I will sing for joy at the works of Thy hands. (Psalm 92:4)
    O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. (Psalm 95:1)
    Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. (Psalm 95:2)
    Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth. (Psalm 96:1)
    Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. (Psalm 96:2)
    (A Psalm.) O Sing to the LORD a new song, For He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him. (Psalm 98:1)
    Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. (Psalm 98:4)
    Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre; With the lyre and the sound of melody. (Psalm 98:5)
    (A Psalm of David.) I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To Thee, O LORD, I will sing praises. (Psalm 101:1)
    I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. (Psalm 104:33)
    Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. (Psalm 105:2)
    (A Song, a Psalm of David.) My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. (Psalm 108:1)
    I will give thanks to Thee, O LORD, among the peoples; And I will sing praises to Thee among the nations. (Psalm 108:3)
    Let my tongue sing of Thy word, For all Thy commandments are righteousness. (Psalm 119:172)
    Let Thy priests be clothed with righteousness; And let Thy godly ones sing for joy. (Psalm 132:9)
    "Her priests also I will clothe with salvation; And her godly ones will sing aloud for joy. (Psalm 132:16)
    Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely. (Psalm 135:3)
    (A Psalm of David.) I will give Thee thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to Thee before the gods. (Psalm 138:1)
    And they will sing of the ways of the LORD. For great is the glory of the LORD. (Psalm 138:5)
    I will sing a new song to Thee, O God; Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to Thee, (Psalm 144:9)
    I will praise the LORD while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (Psalm 146:2)
    Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming. (Psalm 147:1)
    Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre, (Psalm 147:7)
    Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones. (Psalm 149:1)
    Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre. (Psalm 149:3)
    Let the godly ones exult in glory; Let them sing for joy on their beds. (Psalm 149:5)
    Praise the LORD in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known throughout the earth. (Isaiah 12:5)
    You will have songs as in the night when you keep the festival; And gladness of heart as when one marches to the sound of the flute, To go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel. (Isaiah 30:29)
    Sing to the LORD a new song, Sing His praise from the end of the earth! You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it. You islands and those who dwell on them. (Isaiah 42:10)
    Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voices, The settlements where Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing aloud, Let them shout for joy from the tops of the mountains. (Isaiah 42:11)
    Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and sound of a melody. (Isaiah 51:3)
    Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD! For He has delivered the soul of the needy one From the hand of evildoers. (Jeremiah 20:13)
  2. But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; (Acts 16:25)
    and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written, "THEREFORE I WILL GIVE PRAISE TO THEE AMONG THE GENTILES, AND I WILL SING TO THY NAME." (Romans 15:9)
    And again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and sing praises to Him, all you peoples." (Romans 15:11)
    What is the outcome then? I shall pray with the spirit and I shall pray with the mind also; I shall sing with the spirit and I shall sing with the mind also. (1 Corinthians 14:15)
    saying, "I WILL PROCLAIM THY NAME TO MY BRETHREN, IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING THY PRAISE." (Hebrews 2:12)
    Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praises. (James 5:13)
    speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; (Ephesians 5:19)
    Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)
  3. Pliny the Younger. Letters 10.96-97) to Emperor Trajan. In these letters, Pliny wrote regarding the early Christian church, their devotion to Christ, and how he persecuted, tortured, and murdered them.
  4. Meanwhile, David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the LORD with all kinds of instruments made of fir wood, and with lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals. (2 Samuel 6:5)
    And all the people went up after him, and the people were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth shook at their noise. (1 Kings 1:40)
    And David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, even with songs and with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and with trumpets. (1 Chronicles 13:8)
    So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan were appointed to sound aloud cymbals of bronze; (1 Chronicles 15:19)
    and Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with harps tuned to alamoth; (1 Chronicles 15:20)
    and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah, to lead with lyres tuned to the sheminith. (1 Chronicles 15:21)
    and 4,000 were gatekeepers, and 4,000 were praising the LORD with the instruments which David made for giving praise. (1 Chronicles 23:5)
    All these were under the direction of their father to sing in the house of the LORD, with cymbals, harps and lyres, for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the direction of the king. (1 Chronicles 25:6)
    in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying, "He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting," then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, (2 Chronicles 5:13)
    And the priests stood at their posts and the Levites, with the instruments of music to the LORD, which King David had made for giving praise to the LORD-- "for His lovingkindness is everlasting"-- whenever he gave praise by their means, while the priests on the other side blew trumpets; and all Israel was standing. (2 Chronicles 7:6)
    Then Hezekiah gave the order to offer the burnt offering on the altar. When the burnt offering began, the song to the LORD also began with the trumpets, accompanied by the instruments of David, king of Israel. (2 Chronicles 29:27)
    While the whole assembly worshiped, the singers also sang and the trumpets sounded; all this continued until the burnt offering was finished. (2 Chronicles 29:28)
    And the sons of Israel present in Jerusalem celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy, and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day after day with loud instruments to the LORD. (2 Chronicles 30:21)
    Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites from all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem so that they might celebrate the dedication with gladness, with hymns of thanksgiving and with songs to the accompaniment of cymbals, harps, and lyres. (Nehemiah 12:27)
    (For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.) Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! Thou hast relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer. (Psalm 4:1)
    (For the choir director; for flute accompaniment. A Psalm of David.) Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my groaning. (Psalm 5:1)
    (For the choir director; with stringed instruments, upon an eight-stringed lyre.) (A Psalm of David.) O LORD, do not rebuke me in Thine anger, Nor chasten me in Thy wrath. (Psalm 6:1)
    Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings. (Psalm 33:2)
    Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. (Psalm 33:3)
    (For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Maskil of David.) Give ear to my prayer, O God; And do not hide Thyself from my supplication. (Psalm 55:1)
    (For the choir director; on a stringed instrument. A Psalm of David.) Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. (Psalm 61:1)
    (For the choir director; with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.) God be gracious to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us-- Selah. (Psalm 67:1)
    I will also praise Thee with a harp, Even Thy truth, O my God; To Thee I will sing praises with the lyre, O Thou Holy One of Israel. (Psalm 71:22)
    (For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph, a Song.) God is known in Judah; His name is great in Israel. (Psalm 76:1)
    Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp. (Psalm 81:2)
    With the ten-stringed lute, and with the harp; With resounding music upon the lyre. (Psalm 92:3)
    Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre; With the lyre and the sound of melody. (Psalm 98:5)
    I will sing a new song to Thee, O God; Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to Thee, (Psalm 144:9)
    Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre, (Psalm 147:7)
    Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones. (Psalm 149:1)
    Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre. (Psalm 149:3)
    You will have songs as in the night when you keep the festival; And gladness of heart as when one marches to the sound of the flute, To go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel. (Isaiah 30:29)
    "The LORD will surely save me; So we will play my songs on stringed instruments All the days of our life at the house of the LORD." (Isaiah 38:20)
  5. And all the people went up after him, and the people were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth shook at their noise. (1 Kings 1:40) And David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, even with songs and with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and with trumpets. (1 Chronicles 13:8)
    and 4,000 were gatekeepers, and 4,000 were praising the LORD with the instruments which David made for giving praise. (1 Chronicles 23:5)
    And the sons of Israel present in Jerusalem celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy, and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day after day with loud instruments to the LORD. (2 Chronicles 30:21)
    and on that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced because God had given them great joy, even the women and children rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard from afar. (Nehemiah 12:43)
    Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. (Psalm 33:3)
    (For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.) O Clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of joy. (Psalm 47:1)
    (For the choir director. A Song. A Psalm.) Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; (Psalm 66:1)
    My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to Thee; And my soul, which Thou hast redeemed. (Psalm 71:23)
    (For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph.) Sing for joy to God our strength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob. (Psalm 81:1)
    Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp. (Psalm 81:2)
    With the ten-stringed lute, and with the harp; With resounding music upon the lyre. (Psalm 92:3)
    O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. (Psalm 95:1)
    Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. (Psalm 95:2)
    Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. (Psalm 98:4)
    They shall eagerly utter the memory of Thine abundant goodness, And shall shout joyfully of Thy righteousness. (Psalm 145:7)
    Let the wilderness and its cities lift up their voices, The settlements where Kedar inhabits. Let the inhabitants of Sela sing aloud, Let them shout for joy from the tops of the mountains. (Isaiah 42:11)
    Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! For the LORD has comforted His people, And will have compassion on His afflicted. (Isaiah 49:13)
  6. Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
  7. But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (1 Timothy 1:5)
    I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day, (2 Timothy 1:3)
    Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things. (Hebrews 13:18)
    Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Lord is able to make him stand. (Romans 14:4)
    Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day-- things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. (Colossians 2:16-17)
  8. that at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe, and all kinds of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up. (Daniel 3:5) Therefore at that time, when all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, bagpipe, and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations and men of every language fell down and worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. (Daniel 3:7)
    "You yourself, O king, have made a decree that every man who hears the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe, and all kinds of music, is to fall down and worship the golden image. (Daniel 3:10)
    "Now if you are ready, at the moment you hear the sound of the horn, flute, lyre, trigon, psaltery, and bagpipe, and all kinds of music, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, very well. But if you will not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of a furnace of blazing fire; and what god is there who can deliver you out of my hands?" (Daniel 3:15)
  9. And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy art Thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for Thou wast slain, and didst purchase for God with Thy blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation." (Revelation 5:9)
    And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. (Revelation 14:3)
    And they sang the song of Moses the bond-servant of God and the song of the Lamb, saying, "Great and marvelous are Thy works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Thy ways, Thou King of the nations." (Revelation 15:3)

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