MUSIC. “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:19) The Book of Psalms consists of 150 psalms and most were believed set to music. We are exhorted to “make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.” (Psalm 95:2) King David was known as the “sweet psalmist of Israel” (II Samuel 23:1). Christ and the apostles “sung an hymn” at the institution of the Lord’s Table (Matthew 26:30).
Musical instruments are not wrong and the Bible names many, such as the harp, organ, stringed instruments, cymbals, flute, psaltery, dulcimer, trumpets, timbrels, and more. However, the type of music we play can lift our spirits or sadden us, or move our bodies, but sacred music lifts the soul. Music should glorify the Lord, not bring attention to the singer. “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)
Godly music with the right words is a great encouragement. There is music for the occult and idol worship as when Israel made the golden calf. “There is a noise of war in the camp. And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.” (Exodus 32:17-18) And there is also music that will drive away evil spirits. “Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well…[they found David and said,]…the LORD is with him…And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.” (I Samuel 16:16-23).