What Musical Instruments Should Be Used for Worship?


Back in 2011, Mark Galli announced the end of the worship wars (though he admits Christian churches are still maintaining a “tense truce” on music matters). Much of the last 20 years have seen churches grapple with the “elements” of worship.

Music in Christian WorshipShould churches use drums? Are pianos and organs more “worshipful” than guitars? How about fog machines, colored lights, and electric guitars? These are the kinds of questions Christians got tangled in throughout the 90’s and into the turn of the new millennium.

I thought it would be an interesting thought experiment to ask what musical instruments you think are best for worship. –So, which musical instruments do you think should be used in worship? Make your case in the comments below.

Would you like to know which instruments are actually spoken of in the Old and New Testaments? You might be surprised at the sounds associated with biblical worship:

  • Pipes (flute-like instruments): Matthew 9:23, Revelation 18:22
  • Lyres (like a hand-held harp): 1 Corinthians 14:7; Revelation 5:8
  • Cymbals and gongs: 1 Corinthians 13
  • Trumpets: 1 Cor 14:8, Revelation 1:10, Matthew 6:2
  • Harps: Revelation 18:22