Music in Thanks

2 Chronicles 5:13

The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud…

Music is used in worship and thanks all throughout the Bible.  We often think of thanks as something that we pray at mealtime but it is so much more than that.

It is hard to sing and not be happy and joyful.  Thanks should be an expression of joy.  It shouldn’t be done begrudgingly or out of a sense of duty.  We should be happy as we thank God for our blessings.

The scene of 2 Chronicles 5 is the ark of the Lord being brought into the temple that Solomon had built for the Lord.  It is a solemn occasion but also one to be very thankful for.

This time of praise and thanks was also very boisterous.  It included instruments that some Christians aren’t accustomed to having in their church.  It was probably pretty loud with trumpets and cymbals and numerous people singing.

There are times for a quiet word of thanks and there are times for loud celebrations of thanks.  Music is a perfectly acceptable part of our thanks and should be used routinely alongside of our quiet moments of thanks.

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