Biblical Aspects of Praise and Worship.
Wellsprings of Life takes worship and praise seriously. We seek to prove what is acceptable unto the Lord (Ephesians 5:10). Scripture makes it clear that there are acceptable sacrifices and unacceptable sacrifices. As an example Cain’s offering was not accepted by the Lord and Abel’s was. God has a pattern for how His people are to seek Him and give Him worship and praise. God reveals a pattern for biblical worship in the church.
One of our main goals is to find that biblical pattern and apply it to our own lives. We want to worship and praise in such a way that will draw God’s presence so that he can dwell in the “praises of Israel” (Psalm 22:3). At no moment do we believe that we have achieved the goal in finding that pattern. However God’s people throughout many generations have left a biblical pattern that draws the presence of God just like it did over the life of Elisha when he requested a musician in 2 Kings 3:15. The Lord also gave a pattern to king David that is established in the psalms and in other scriptures. Acts 15:16–17 16 ‘After this I will return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up; 17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the Lord who does all these things.’ We want to draw near the Lord according to the pattern that he has left for us laid out in scriptures.
We sing songs, hymns, and spiritual songs (the Song of the Lord) because... Ephesians 5:19 says “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,” Colossians 3:16 “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.”
A word on the Song of the Lord Throughout the Psalms (33:3, 40:3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:1) and in Isaiah 42:10 we are instructed to sing a new song to the Lord. This cannot occur if we are singing a song that has been sung before, even if only once before. The Song of the Lord (named such in 2 Chronicles 29:27) is a spiritual song, thus one directed by the Holy Spirit. It is a fresh expression through His vessels as we sing according to His leading. Learning to minister to Him with the Song of the Lord in this life prepares us for eternity in His presence, where saints will worship the Lamb forever: Revelation 5:9 “And they sung a new song...,” Revelation 14:3 “And they sung as it were a new song before the throne....”
We praise the Lord audibly because... Psalm 47:6,7 “Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.” Psalm 98:4 “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
We sing praise because... Psalm 47:6,7 “Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.” Psalm 146:2 “While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.”
We wait on the Lord and are quiet because... Lamentations 3:25,26 “The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.”
We pray together out loud because... Acts 1:14 “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brethren.” Acts 20:36 “And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.”
We praise out loud together because... Psalm 107:32 “Let them exalt Him also in the congregation of the people, and praise Him in the assembly of the elders.” Psalm 149:1 “Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.”
There is prophecy because... 1 Corinthians 14:1 “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.” (NKJV) 1 Corinthians 12:10 “to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.”
Why do we use different musical instruments? We believe in using all the instruments that the scriptures indicate. Psalm 150 gives us reference to many instruments that can be used in biblical worship. One instrument that is not found in this list is the drums. They are not found in the Bible as a means of Godly worship. If drums would be a means of worshiping the Lord then surely they would be found among the list of instruments that pleases the Lord. “Lord, what do You like and what pleases You?” should be our motivation, not what we like or what pleases us.
We clap because... Psalm 47:1 “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.”
We shout because... Psalm 32:11 “Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.”
We cry out because... Isaiah 12:6 “Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.” Psalm 77:1 “I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and He gave ear unto me.”
We rejoice because... Psalm 9:2 “I will be glad and rejoice in Thee: I will sing praise to Thy name, O Thou most High.” Psalm 68:3 “But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.”
We give thanks because... Psalm 105:1 “O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon His name: make known His deeds among the people.” Psalm 140:13 “Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto Thy name: the upright shall dwell in Thy presence.”
We dance because... Psalm 149:3 “Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.” Psalm 150:4 “Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.”
We lift our hands because... Psalm 63:4 “Thus will I bless Thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in Thy name.” Psalm 134:2 “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.”