One practice that distinguishes us from other churches is the fact that we do not use an instrument of music in our worship services. Often times in a discussion of this point King David’s use of the harp is brought up. How should we answer?
Question: Didn’t David play the harp?
Answer: He sure did – God authorized it under the Old Testament system
(2 Chronicles 29:25). But we follow Christ and His apostles – not King David.
Jesus claimed all authority for Himself and authorized the apostles to be His official spokesmen under the New Testament system. (Matthew 28:18-20) The New Testament is clear – We sing. (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16) In the Old Testament there is frequent mention of the use of musical instruments in worship, but in the New Testament it is not mentioned even once. Rather in the New Testament it is the “fruit of our lips” that we offer as praise to God.