One of the four values of Lake Ridge Community Church. Each Sunday we gather to sing familiar songs, many of them written in our lifetime. However worship music changes all the time. The way we express our praise and thankfulness to God, or reflect on our own lives, allowing Jesus to speak to us, may not be the way our grandparents or great grandparents worshiped. From hymns and organs to electric guitars and drums, styles of worship change. And who can guess how our children will worship God together?
It's helpful to reflect on the changing styles of worship though time and across ethnicities because it helps liberate us from thinking that our way of worship is best. At Lake Ridge we worship with a particular style of music because it may speak meaningfully to many people. But it is not the only way to worship.
Recently researchers were able to piece together and reconstruct a 4500 year old lyre. It's a harp-like instrument that is mentioned many times in the Bible. Here's a portion of Psalm 108 that mentions the lyre.
A song. A psalm of David.
1 My heart is confident in you, O God;
no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart!
2 Wake up, lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn with my song.
3 I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
I will sing your praises among the nations.
4 For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
5 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
May your glory shine over all the earth.
Other passages mention the flute and tambourine. Click here to watch a video showing what this ancient instrument looked like and what the music may have sounded like. How does listening to this music make you think about the way you worship and praise God?