What does the Bible say about music and singing?
…Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.
(Ephesians 5:18,19) NLT
Some songs are like a prayer, worship and confirmation of our love, for example:
- Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
- Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
- Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
- Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
- Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
- Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
My heart is committed, God, my heart is committed, so I will sing and play music.
(Psalm 57:7) ISV
Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.
(Psalm 30:4) NIV
Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
(Psalm 33:3) NLT
Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
(Psalm 149:3) NIV
Praise the LORD! How good to sing praises to our God! How delightful and how fitting! (Psalm 147:1) NLT
All these men were under the direction of their fathers as they made music at the house of the LORD. Their responsibilities included the playing of cymbals, harps, and lyres at the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman reported directly to the king. They and their families were all trained in making music before the LORD, and each of them—288 in all—was an accomplished musician. The musicians were appointed to their term of service by means of sacred lots, without regard to whether they were young or old, teacher or student. (1 Chronicles 25: 6-8) NLT
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
(Psalm 95:2) NIV
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. (Colossians 3:16) NIV
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. (Acts 16:25) CSB
They sang a new song:
“You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals,
because you were slaughtered.
With your blood you purchased people for God
from every tribe, language, people, and nation.
You made them a kingdom and priests for our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”
(Revelation 5:9,10) ISV