Use these 10 Bible verses on music to strengthen your relationship with the Lord and experience more joy through song and praise.
Praise and Worship
In my post on 20 Bible Verses on Worship, I touched on the difference between worship and praise. Worship and praise are different but go hand in hand when honoring God.
Got Questions describes praise as “the joyful recounting of all God has done for us.” Praise is thanking God for all He has done for us! It is giving appreciation for all of God’s good works in our lives.
Where praise is joyful and energetic, worship is an expression of adoration and reverence.
This post focuses on Bibles verses on praise but make sure to take a look at 20 Bible Verses on Worship to dive deeper into the adoration and reverence that complement praise so beautifully.
Take the time to read both of these to understand the difference between praise and worship. Both of these posts are great to help you deepen and having that authentic experience with praise and worship.
Let’s take a look at these verses on music and praise.
Scriptures On Music
1. 2 Chronicles 5:13-14
The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” The temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.
2 Chronicles 5:13-14
Can you picture this scene? The trumpeters, the musicians, the singers all join together to give thanks to the Lord. As they sang “He is good; his love endures forever” and lifted their joyful noise to the Lord the temple was filled with a cloud.
That cloud was the Lord. The cloud was God’s presence. He was there with them! His presence was so strong, the priests could not go on with the service.
Imagine being there and seeing that! What if that could happen within us? Imagine praising the Lord and being filled with the Spirit of the Lord so much so that we have to stop what we are doing and sit in His presence. Allow His presence to take over and remind us that He is good. That He is good all the time and His love endures forever.
2. Psalm 22:22
I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly, I will sing your praises.
There are multiple types of Psalms. This Psalm, in particular, is a lament.
David is troubled. He has been attacked and mocked by many people. He prays to God but feels his prayers are not being answered. David continues to talk to God, though!
David remembers all that God has done for him in his past and knows God will answer him. In the midst of David’s struggles he goes to God, prays to Him, and David knows that when God answers his prayers, he will praise Him.
In the midst of our troubles, may you always go to God, knowing He will answer you. He is not far from you, especially when you are brokenhearted or despairing.
Let us praise Him not only when our prayers have been answered but when we are feeling troubled or lost. Let us praise Him when we are happy, sad, lost, found. Let us praise Him at all times.
3. Psalm 34:1-2
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
If you have ever heard the song Ever Be by Bethel, their chorus is directly from this verse. “Your praise will ever be on my lips, Ever be on my lips.”
This has always been one of my favorite worship songs. It is a great reminder that our lips should always praise Him. Amidst the happiness, the struggles, the calm, the crazy… we should praise Him at all times.
Take a look at this song, play it when you can – during a quiet time, doing the dishes, or rocking your little one. Sing aloud or pray the lyrics “Your praise will ever be on my lips”.
It’s amazing how saying the words out loud can turn your heart from stress to joy.
4. Psalm 40:3
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
Music holds so much. It can have such an impact. So much of an impact that a song, a single hymn, will cause many people to stop and see the Lord.
To put their trust in Him. Putting all your trust in the Lord can be one of the hardest things, especially if you are like me and need to have some control of things.
I encourage you, the next time you are listening to your favorite worship song to just take a second and put your trust in Him. Pray and ask for help. Admit that you are having a hard time and that you need His help.
God loves to bring His strength to our weakness.
5. Psalm 71:14
As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
The author of this psalm is asking God for help from his enemies. He has hope and knows that God will rescue him from his enemies. He promises to have hope and to praise God more and more.
Even when he is in trouble, the author will praise God! What if you and I did that? What if you and I intentionally chose praise instead of getting swept away by our worries, rooting ourselves in His everlasting hope? Can you imagine how that would change the way you went through every trial in your life? Hope is so grounding.
Have hope that God will deliver you and me from whatever hardships we are experiencing. Praising Him in the midst of that will remind us that He is near.
He has not left you, but instead will take your hand and lead you through whatever obstacles that you are facing. Praise Him more and more with confidence, knowing that He will deliver you.
6. Psalm 95:1-2
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Extol Him with music and song! God loves to hear you sing (even if you think you have a terrible voice). A joyful heart singing His praises is a sweet, sweet sound.
If you play an instrument, play it for Him. Gather with your family and friends to praise Him. Sing joy to the Lord for He is the rock of our salvation.
As you praise Him, let the portion of the verse “to the Rock of our salvation” sit with you. What does that mean to you?
7. Psalm 135:3
Praise the Lord, for the Lord, is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant.
In this Psalm, the people are praising God “for the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own”. But they are also praising God for “the Lord is great, and that our Lord is greater than all gods”.
What a beautiful thing to praise the Lord for!
The Lord is good and is above all. There is nothing that can stop Him. He is the one that makes the “clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses” (Psalm 135:7).
Praise the Lord for everything. For all that He has done for you and me. Praise the Lord for He is good.
8. Psalm 146:1-2
Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
“I will sing praise to my God as long as I love.” You should continually be praising God. Praising Him for all He has given us. Praising Him for saving us. WE should be praising God for as love as WE live!
9. Psalm 150:1-6
Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
Praise Him for everything.
Praise Him for the sun rising, praise Him for redeeming us, praise Him for music.
Praise Him with whatever you have – your voice, your guitar, your keyboard. It even says you can praise Him with dancing! Praise Him for we do not deserve what He has given us.
There is a song called It’s Time to Worship by Chris McClarney that goes right with the verse. Take the time to listen to it, worship, and praise the One who has given us this life that we do not deserve.
10. Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love, he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
This verse is speaking about the restoration of Israel. God restored Israel and has taken away His judgment over the nation.
What a relief for them to hear that!
They are no longer judged by Him but they are saved by the Mighty Warrior. He will rejoice over them with singing! How does this apply to us today?
Well God sent His Son, His only Son to save us from our sins. What a relief for us! He takes great delight in you! He loves you! He will rejoice over you with singing! How comforting to know that this is our God. The God who sings and has so much love for His people.
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