WHEN WE WORSHIP: These 14 Scriptures Reveal God’s Purpose for Music

Mankind is designed to function and to move to the uniform recurrence of a beat. The natural rhythms of our bodies — heartbeat, pulse, and breath – sing the praises of God’s miraculous handiwork. Down to our very core, we are created to praise God and to worship Him.

Read our list of 14 Scriptures which illuminate God’s purpose for music, and for those He anoints with musical gifts:


1 Chronicles 15:16 – Then David spoke to the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers accompanied by instruments of music, stringed instruments, harps, and cymbals, by raising the voice with resounding joy.

1 Chronicles 15:22 – Chenaniah, leader of the Levites, was the instructor in charge of the music because he was skillful;

1 Chronicles 15:27 – David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers, and Chenaniah the music master with the singers…

2 Chronicles 7:6 – And the priests attended to their services; the Levites also with instruments of the music of the Lord, which King David had made to praise the Lord, saying, “For His mercy endures forever,” whenever David offered praise by their ministry. The priests sounded trumpets opposite them, while all Israel stood.

Nehemiah 12:27 – Nehemiah Dedicates the Wall. Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and singing, with cymbals and stringed instruments and harps.

WHEN WE WORSHIP: God gives us our gifts to proclaim His glory.


Job 35:10 – But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night,

Habakkuk 3:19 – The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills. To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments.

Psalm 4:1 The Safety of the Faithful. To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments – Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer.

Psalm 5:1&12 – A Prayer for Guidance. To the Chief Musician. With flutes. A Psalm of David – Give ear to my words, O Lord, Consider my meditation.12 For You, O Lord will bless the righteous; With favor, You will surround him as with a shield.

Psalm 49:3-4 – To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David – My mouth shall speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart shall give understanding. 4 I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will disclose my dark saying on the harp.
Psalm 32:7 – You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah


Psalm 66:1 – Praise to God for His Awesome Works. To the Chief Musician. A Song. A Psalm – Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!

Psalm 98:4-7– Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; 5 make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, 6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King. 7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

Psalm 150:1-5 – Let All Things Praise the Lord – Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! 3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!west angeles logo

READ “When We Worship,” Part I HERE, on Westa.org, and

WATCH as Extension sings “Jesus Be A Fence” at West Angeles’ COGIC, below:

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