Bible Answer

Musical instruments in worship?

Is it sinful to use musical instruments in worship and praise of God?

Unfortunately, the question of musical form during worship has often divided churches, but the Bible teaches clearly that use of musical instruments is acceptable in praise to God. For example, in Revelation we read that music is performed on harps around the throne of God:

Rev. 15:2  And I saw something like a  sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the  beast and  his image and the number of his name, standing on the  sea of glass, holding  harps of God.
Rev. 15:3  And they  sang the  song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
   “Great and marvelous are Your works,
   O Lord God, the Almighty;
   Righteous and true are Your ways,
   King of the nations!

And the Psalms, which are the inspired word of God, instruct God's children to use musical instruments when we praise him:

Psa. 33:2  Give thanks to the LORD with the  lyre;
                 Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings.
Psa. 92:1   It is good to give thanks to the LORD
                   And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
Psa. 92:2   To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning
                  And Your faithfulness by night,
Psa. 92:3   With the ten-stringed lute and with the harp,
                  With resounding music upon the lyre.
Psa. 150:1  Praise the LORD!
                    Praise God in His sanctuary;
                    Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
Psa. 150:2  Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
                    Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Psa. 150:3  Praise Him with trumpet sound;
                    Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Psa. 150:4   Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
                    Praise Him with stringed instruments and  pipe.
Psa. 150:5   Praise Him with loud cymbals;
                    Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Psa. 150:6   Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
                    Praise the LORD!

While Christians have liberty to praise the Lord with or without musical instruments, we cannot teach that musical instruments are wrong. On the contrary, the word of God encourages their use in praise.