“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

– Colossians 3:16

What the Bible says about praising God with music

When the subject of music and praising God comes up, one can receive a number of responses, depending on who you ask the question to.

Some believe music belongs in church, others believe it does not, and yet others firmly believe that music is the work of the devil.

For the answers, let’s look to the Scriptures…

The Bible encourages music in worshiping the Lord

“Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,”

– Ephesians 5:19

There are several things to learn from today’s verse and the verse above.

First, clearly – the Bible not only approves of music in worshiping God – it instructs us to make singing and music a part of worshiping God.

Secondly, these two verses point out the difference between hymns, which are vocal in nature, and spiritual songs – which include music.

Third, take note of the phrase in both verses: “spiritual songs.” These songs must be “spiritual,” which is filled with the spirit. These songs should take their inspiration from the Holy Spirit.

Fourth, the two verses apply the use of “your heart(s)” in making melody to the Lord, as well as giving thanks. In other words, this isn’t going through the motions of making music – but really putting your heart into it.

The feelings you hold in your heart for the Lord Jesus Christ must be the substance of your musical songs and their performance.

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Is it okay to have music in church?

“Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!”

– Psalm 150:1

Let’s first look at the first half of this verse…

“Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary”

– Psalm 150:1

This is sometimes misunderstood to refer to God’s heavenly sanctuary, but Bible scholar Charles Ellicott (1819-1905) says that in this Psalm, “sanctuary” means the temple, specifically God’s earthly sanctuary. Other scholars agree that this verse calls upon Israel to praise God in the temple. The temple refers to the earthly church.

This verse speaks of singing to the congregation.

“Saying, ‘I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.'”

–Hebrews 2:12

The apostles even sang a hymn to the Lord after the Last Supper.

“And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of olives.”

–Matthew 26:30

There are some people that complain of an almost “rock concert” environment of music in the modern church that has lighting and amplification. But loud praises to the Lord were commonplace in ancient times also. Consider this verse:

“Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.”

– Psalm 33:3