New Hope’s theology of worship is based primarily on Revelation 4 and 5. This is one of the few examples of worship demonstrated in heaven. The description allows us to see how diverse worship is.
Music is an essential part of worship. Psalm 81:1-4 says, “Sing praises to God, our strength. Sing to the God of Jacob. Sing! Beat the tambourine. Play the sweet lyre and the harp. Blow the ram’s horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a festival!
For this is required by the decrees of Israel; it is a regulation of the God of Jacob” (NLT). Music is something that is not only encouraged for worship in the Bible, but it is commanded. It is a very valuable tool for leading people into worship.
But worship music should never be thought of as the entirety of worship itself. Worship is to be an expression of love and praise toward God that comes out from our entire lives, not just our songs.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1 NIV).
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