Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and singing, with cymbals and stringed instruments and harps. Neh 12:27
This verse describes a special dedication worship service, a celebration of God’s help upon Israel in completing the re-construction of the wall of Jerusalem.
The Israelites used the occasion to acknowledge the blessing of God upon them. They expressed their joy and appreciation with singing, augmented with musical instruments. There are many differences in opinions with regard to the use of music in contemporary worship. In the context of this verse, we see that many different instruments were used for the expression of joy and appreciation to God.
The state of the heart is of utmost important when considering this matter. Appropriate use of music in worship lifts the soul to appreciate God and elevates Him. There is no “performance” involved. It is simply an expression of the heart that goes beyond what words can express in spoken sentences. The principle of 1 Cor 13:31 applies – “..therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”