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Praise Him with trumpet sound;

Praise Him with harp and lyre.

Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;

Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.

Praise Him with loud cymbals;

Praise Him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:3-6



Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;

Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings.

Sing to Him a new song;

Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

Psalm 33:2-3



Talk to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.

Sing and play to the Lord from your heart.

Ephesians 5:19

(Markus Barth)

The Biblical Foundations of Instrumental Music in Worship: Four Pillars


The overwhelming majority of Christian churches around the United States consider the use of musical instruments to be a necessary part of their weekly worship services, yet many do not understand the biblical basis for that practice. This book explores the biblical foundations of instrumental music in worship, organizing them into four pillars: the Psalms, Davidic worship, New Testament implied references, and the Book of Revelation.

Instrumental Music in the church has provided a unique vitality in worship for centuries. Brian Hedrick has done a masterful job of illuminating the history and the biblical basis for instrumental music in worship. He has also offered wonderful insights that will challenge instrumentalists to use their talents more completely for the glory of God. This book is a "must read" for anyone involved in the use of instrumental music in worship.

Camp Kirkland, church music arranger and orchestrator

Nashville, Tennessee

In this writing, Dr. Hedrick has brought a very concise, interesting, and positive historical and theological overview on the use of instruments in worship of God. It should give great encouragement to all those who are involved in this important ministry in today’s church.

Dr. A. Joseph King, retired Professor of Church Music

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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