David and His Harp by Mike Kiser

Amos 6:1-6

  1.  David was not the inventor of mechanical instruments of music.
  2. Jubal was the father of those who use the lyre and pipe. 4:21
  3. In Amos’ day the people were living in luxury and indifferent to their spiritual condition.

a.) Why bring up what David did 250 years before to illustrate a point?

b.) The people of Amos’ day were being self-indulgent and acting to please themselves.

c.) We shall see that David said he did it to praise the Lord, but did the Lord ever command it or say He was pleased with it?  Could it have been called an act of faith even in David’s day?

  1. What of the use of mechanical instruments of music in worship today?

Who Introduced Instruments into O.T. Worship?

  1. To David goes this honor.  1 Chron. 15:16; 16:4, 5, 7; 1 Chron. 23:5.  He claimed he commanded its use. Even later they are said to be David’s instruments.  2 Chron. 29:25-27; Ezra 3:10.
  2. David did so 444 years after the giving of the Law of Moses.
  3. No commandment of God has ever been thus ascribed to man!
  4. So, why did it get to stay?  There is a difference between something “tolerated” and something “commanded”.
  5. Kings.  1 Sam. 18:22, 7-18.  Hos. 8:3, 4; 13:10, 11.
  6. Divorce for many causes.  Deut. 24:1;  Matt. 19:7, 8.
  7. Polygamy.  2 Sam. 11; Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:31.
  8. Instruments of music. Isa. 5:11, 12;  Amos 5:23; 6:5
  9. The O.T. does not serve for our authority for what we are to do today.  Rom. 7:4-6; Gal. 5:24; Heb. 13:9-15.

What Does The N.T. Say about Instruments in Worship?

  1. Not one word!   How should we treat the silence of the scriptures?  Heb. 7:14.
  2. The word is complete. 2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 2 Pet. 1:3; Jude 3.
  3. The use is not and cannot be a matter of faith. 10:17; 2 Cor. 5:7.
  4. The N. T. does speak of music in worship. 5:19; Col. 3:16; Heb. 2:12; I Cor. 14:15.

Why I Am Opposed to Their Use in Christian Worship!

  1. No command, no example, no inference.
  2. It is an anti-scriptural. 1 Cor. 4:6; Rev. 22:18.  The apostles declared the “whole counsel” and “kept back nothing that was profitable; yet they never mentioned it.  Acts 20:20, 27.  They were guided into all truth, which included matters of worship, yet they never mentioned it.  John 14:26; 16:13; Jn. 4:24.  We are to follow them.  Acts 2:42; Phil. 4:9.
  3. It is a divisive thing and cannot be called an expedient. It must first be lawful to be an expedient. 1 Cor. 6:12.  It must edify, not just one, but all.  1 Cor. 10:23.  It must not cause offense.  1 Cor. 10:28; Rom. 16:17.
  4. If it is not in the “book” (N.T.) then it does not have the blood of Christ sanctifying it? Is it “sacred” or “profane”?  26:28; 1 Cor. 11:25.  If it is not “in” the covenant is it covered by the blood of Christ?
  5. It is a relic of the Roman Catholic apostasy. 15:1-9.  It stands on the same ground as infant baptism, sprinkling, bead counting; confession to a priest; burning of incense.  The apostasy did not develop toward simplicity, but innovations.

 

Modern Arguments in Their Favor.

  1. “Playing is a talent.” (There would be no limit to the exercise of acquired talents then in worship to God!)  Biscuit making!  Texting!  The list of acquired talents could go on and on!
  2. “There is no law against it; therefore it is not a transgression.” But there is a law against going beyond what is written.  1 Cor. 4:6.  We do have boundaries.  2 Jn. 9.
  3. “We will have it in heaven.” (see: Rev. 14:1-4).  Key verse is 1:1.  It cannot signify itself and be a sign.  “As” signifies volume, rhythm, and melody.
  4. “We have it at home”. (Some things are morally right, but they are religiously wrong.)
  5. “It is authorized by the Greek word ‘psallo’”. Meaning twitch, twang, pluck, determined by the context as to what.  Instrument is the heart.  Make it a command for everyone, not just one!  Still would not include its use with “all” songs.  It would be mandatory for we could not “psallo” without it.  5:13.  It is not proper to assign an O.T. meaning to a N.T. word.  Many Greek Orthodox churches still do not use it.  Major denominations at first rejected it. (Methodist, Presbyterian,  Baptist)  In fact, by the time the NT was written, and ever since then, the word “psallo” has only meant “to sing.” (see Instrumental Music in the Worship, M.C. Kurfees)

 

  1. Let us not abandon our plea for a thing we cannot prove by the Bible.
  2. Let us speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where the Bible is silent.