Is Music in Worship Important?

Music can be a Blessing

We believe that God has shown throughout His written Word, The Bible, that music is a form of praise to be given in honor of God. I direct your attention to the book of Psalms as an example of how we are to express our praise unto God through music.

Praise ye the Lord, Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. Psalm 149:1

The book of Psalms itself is a collection of praise songs to be sung by the children of Israel. The last Psalm, Psalm 150, explains that instruments are to be used in providing music for the singers.

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. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord Psalm 150:3-6

These verses in Psalm 150 tell us how God expects to be praised. They represent a full orchestra of instruments upon which we are to praise Him. They represent the wind, the strings, and the percussion instruments.

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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

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