Jehovah`s Witness/Praise and Worship

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QUESTION: hai DW


I'm currently affiliated with the Assemblies of God family

And I'm often told with our Pastor that JW's don't actually LOVE their God because they do not PRAISE him through dancing as God commanded us in his scriptures:

Psalms 149:

3 Let them praise his name with dancing
   and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
4 For the Lord takes delight in his people;
   he crowns the humble with victory.
5 Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
   and sing for joy on their beds.


Psalms 150:

4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
   praise him with the strings and pipe,


And why JW's also do not praise God in their Hall through lively music? since all types of music originates with GOd? and in fact scriptures, included the instruments that which are to be use when we are in "HOLY PLACE" or "SANCTUARY" of God like these here:

Psalms 150:

1 Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
   praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
   praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
   praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
   praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
   praise him with resounding cymbals.

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord.


>>So I'm just wondering why you guys don't DO all that????

ANSWER: Hello again

Thanks for writing.

You know Jehovah's witnesses realize the importance of songs and music in worship to Jehovah. We sing at meetings and assemblies sometimes at get together's. Just exactly like the first century christian's did

Eph 5:

19 "speaking to yourselves with psalms and praises to God and spiritual songs, singing and accompanying yourselves with music in YOUR hearts to Jehovah"


But what needs to be remembered is that worship is not all about music that is a part of it yes. But if it was so important as your church teaches then why didn't Jesus or the first century christian's put massive emphasis on it.

Jesus said if we love him we will observe his commandments

John 14:

15 "If YOU love me, YOU will observe my commandments".........21 He that has my commandments and observes them, that one is he who loves me. In turn he that loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will plainly show myself to him"

So your Pastor has it wrong, love for God and Jesus is not about dancing and singing it's about things like this

Matt 24:

14 "And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come"

Heb 10:

24 "And let us consider one another to incite to love and fine works, 25 not forsaking the gathering of ourselves together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as YOU behold the day drawing near"

Not a mention of dancing.

Did the Israelites sing and dance to God?? Yes of course they did. But they also had passover's, and festivals and sabbaths. Jesus presented us with a new way and music is just a small part of that.

The big problem with those in the realms of Christendom is everything is done on feeling. "This song makes me feel good" "I dance for god it makes me feel closer to him" but did Jesus say this is how you get close to God??

John 17:

3 "This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ"

So unfortunately these feelings deceive them.

Follow up if you need

Take Care






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QUESTION: Thanks DW,


But I think because we are now in the modern day! so it's quitely unlike in JESUS' times, for they don't have DRUMS or any kinds of instruments like guitars, keyboards that can create lively music etc. So why JW's don't have DRUMS in their halls, and then create lively music that praises JEHOVAH? how is music really affects with you guys? I mean what is there really in music?? Infact as I said, ALL-TYPES of music originates from GOD!! So what's up with that? Why do you say such feelings deceive them I mean us? Do you have any scriptural backing up for that claimed?


Thanks

ANSWER: Hello again

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<But I think because we are now in the modern day! so it's quitely unlike in JESUS' times, for they don't have DRUMS or any kinds of instruments like guitars, keyboards that can create lively music etc.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The issue isn't musical instruments they still had musical instruments in Bible times as we see here:

Eph 5:

19 "speaking to yourselves with psalms and praises to God and spiritual songs, singing and accompanying yourselves with music in YOUR hearts to Jehovah"

David played a harp and there where all sorts of musical instruments. So the issue is something else.

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< So why JW's don't have DRUMS in their halls, and then create lively music that praises JEHOVAH?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

The issue is the way we worship God in his own house let's not forget we're at Jehovah's house and it's a place of dignity. It's dignified out of respect for Jehovah because he is a God of dignity.

Psalms 111:

3 "His activity is dignity and splendor themselves"

This is what dignity means:

1) The state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.
2) A composed or serious manner or style.

So the way we behave in God's house is vitally important Jesus made that clear when he was on the Earth and he cleared out the temple he wouldn't even let people take a shortcut through it. That's how serious Jehovah views it!!

Mark 11:

16 "and he would not let anyone carry a utensil through the temple"

So we meet for a purpose, for a meaning that's to learn about God. Just like in the Bible times.

Nehemiah 8:

8 "And they continued reading aloud from the book, from the law of the [true] God, it being expounded, and there being a putting of meaning [into it]"

18 "And there was a reading aloud of the book of the law of the [true] God day by day, from the first day until the last day; and they went on holding the festival seven days, and on the eighth day there was a solemn assembly, according to the rule"

We also meet to encourage one another

Hebrews 10:

24 And let us consider one another to incite to love and fine works, 25 not forsaking the gathering of ourselves together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as YOU behold the day drawing near.

Now notice what Paul say's here he say's it's important as the day draws near, so what we have to do before the day draws near is learn about God as we saw in John

John 17:

3 "This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ"

So we go to a serious, dignified meeting, which music is a part of and is also dignified. We have a sound system at our hall that plays music of praise based on the bible.

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<how is music really affects with you guys? I mean what is there really in music??>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

To us music has a part in our worship. We have a book of songs it makes us think of God it makes us feel strong feelings to our God. But that alone isn't enough. It's Bible teachings that are most important.

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<, Why do you say such feelings deceive them I mean us? Do you have any scriptural backing up for that claimed?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

This is what Jesus said

John 17:

17"your word is truth"

The truth is what's found in God's word not in feeling or in Music.

Look let's be realistic people like music. I love music and when I listen to it I feel happy or sad you know it stirs up emotions. Music makes people feel emotion anywhere they are.It makes us feel emotion in our Kingdom halls. So why would that make a difference in your church??

Let's also be realistic again. Thousands of different denominations of Christendom, Muslims and other eastern religions, base their salvation on emotion and feeling.Feeling enlightened and all that sort of thing. It's totally unrealistic to think that all these religions have the truth although they all feel the same. What did Jesus say??

John 17:

17"your word is truth"

So tell me does your church teach Jesus is OF creation?? If they don't then they don't have the truth. They can play all the music under the sun and that won't change.

Hope this is helpful

Follow up if you need

Take Care


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QUESTION: Thank you DW


But this is very clear right here:

Psalms 150:

1 Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
  praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
  praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
  praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing,
  praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
  praise him with resounding cymbals.


See? praise God in his "SANCTUARY" and then mentions what instruments are to be used then! like we used to in our church and YES you are right that he is the God of DIGNITY. I will not argue to you with that... So I dont think that just by "PRAISING" him through all of these instruments mentions in the bible would destroys God's "DIGNITY" here would it not DW? Since it says, "Praise God in his sanctuary" ... Thanks

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Hi again

Thanks for writing

No you see David is making the point here that wherever we are and what ever we do we should praise Jehovah

You see he also say's this in the final verse of psalms 150:

6 "Every breathing thing—let it praise Jah. Praise Jah, YOU people!"

Well animals breathe and their not praising God with cymbals and instruments their praising God just by being alive. So clearly David didn't mean that.

He's not saying play these loud instruments and dance about in God's sanctuary or place of worship. Just the same as he's not saying the animals should do it.

This is what people did with regard God's sanctuary

Lev 19:

30".................. YOU should stand in awe of my sanctuary. I am Jehovah"

26:

2 YOU should ....... stand in awe of my sanctuary. I am Jehovah"

Your not in awe of Jehovah's sanctuary by banging drums and clashing cymbals and dancing about in it are you??

You treat Jehovah's house of worship with dignity and have awe of it.

Back then as was their customs they use to compose music on harps and other instruments and write psalms and songs to Jehovah they also used to dance at the festivals but not in Jehovah's place of worship, that's not what David is saying here.

Jehovah's place of worship is a place of respect and awe and reflection. It's not a place for a carnival.

I can only point this out to you and show you scriptures. I can't make you realize this but if you genuinely put it to Jehovah in prayer through Jesus name, you will start to understand that too.

Follow up if you need

Take Care

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I have many years of experience serving Jehovah . I have known Jehovah a long time and I have known his organization . I have been privileged to see great progress not only in my own personal relationship with my God and Father but within his organization. I am an avid reader of the bible and have been gifted by my Father with the indescribable privilege of being allowed to understand his own word.

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The truth is all about scripture and logic. The two go hand in hand . There is not one bible verse that cannot be understood within the realms of human reasoning. Not one!! Why would it?? The bible is God's message to his creation . His creation who he made to understand things in a specific way. God is not stupid or unwise as to leave as a message then allow us to guess what it means or who he is. 1 Tim 2:3This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, 4whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth" Notice the expression "accurate knowledge".

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The bible leaves signs of true christianity there are many. Jehovah's witnesses meet every single sign. One sign is the removal of false teachings that permeated the world soon after the apostles died. Jesus foretold this and he also foretold of the restoration of pure worship in the period known as the last days. The days we are currently living in. Jesus was a master of using illustrations he used an illustration to highlight this point Matt 13: "The Kingdom of the heavens may be likened to a man who sowed fine seed in his field. 25While men were sleeping, his enemy came and oversowed weeds in among the wheat and left. 26When the stalk sprouted and produced fruit, then the weeds also appeared. 27So the slaves of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow fine seed in your field? How, then, does it have weeds?’ 28He said to them, ‘An enemy, a man, did this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go out and collect them?’ 29He said, ‘No, for fear that while collecting the weeds, you uproot the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the harvest season, I will tell the reapers: First collect the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them up; then gather the wheat into my storehouse" Why did he speak in illustrations? Matt 13:10So the disciples came and said to him: “Why do you speak to them by the use of illustrations?” 11In reply he said: “To you it is granted to understand the sacred secrets of the Kingdom of the heavens, but to them it is not granted" The kingdom of the heavens is full of sacred secrets that Jesus reveals only to his followers. This privilege is open to all who are really willing to submit to God and his Christ in action not just in words. These are the ones God is looking for. Are you really one?? If so I encourage you to let Jehovah's witnesses show you what the Bible really teaches.

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False religion is disgusting to God and to his true worshippers it is likened in the Bible to a harlot Rev 17:"I will show you the judgment upon the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, whereas those who inhabit the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication" Whereas the bride of Christ is likened to a virgin Rev 14: 4"These are the ones who did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins" These are both used as spiritual terms here and show the importance of pure and clean worship for God's people.

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