Zion and Pentecostal Music

Date: 5/26/2013
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Zion and Pentecostal Music
1 Chr 16:1–6 NKJV - So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. . .  And he appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the LORD God of Israel: Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, and Obed-edom: Jeiel with stringed instruments and harps, but Asaph made music with cymbals; Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests regularly blew the trumpets before the ark of the covenant of God.

Literal Mt. Zion - The Source of Biblical Music. David established a house of worship in Jerusalem on Mount Zion, even while the Tabernacle of Moses was in Gibeon. Mosaic sacrifices continued to be offered in Gibeon (2Chr. 1:3).  1) Unlike the Mosaic Tabernacle, the Ark was not hidden behind a veil or curtain. Worshipers were “before” the Ark which was in the “middle of the tent” (2Sam. 6:17 NET, 1Chr. 16:4). 2) Unlike the Mosaic Tabernacle, the worshipers included Gentiles along with Jews, namely Obed-Edom the Gittite (1Chr. 16:5, 2Kgs 6:10-11). 3) Unlike the Mosaic Tabernacle in which there were no songs of praise, worship at the Davidic Tabernacle emphasized praise with musical instruments (Cf. From Silence to Song, Peter Leithart).

Figurative Mt. Zion - The Development of Biblical Music. Because of the explosion of music associated with David on Mt. Zion, music is a fundamental category in the worship of the new covenant church (Matt. 26:30; 1Cor. 14:19, 14:26; Eph. 5:18-20; Col. 3:16; Heb. 2:12). Music is a means for praise, expressing joy, thanksgiving, even sorrow for sin (Is. 16:10), prayer (1Cor. 14:15; Ps. 72:20), and a means of teaching and spiritual communication (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19). In these later texts we “teach” or “counsel” (noutheteo) with music.

Actual Mt. Zion UMC - The Practice of Biblical Music. The vision for music at All Saints (worshiping at Mt. Zion UMC) can be described under four key terms: 1) Biblical, 2) Liturgical, 3) Reformational, and 4) Congregational . . .

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more