Why Comparing Offering Animal Sacrifices to Offering Music Is Biblical

February 28, 2023

Scripture establishes a very strong connection between animals offered to God and music that is offered to Him. It does so implicitly in Psalm 43 through the mention of the altar of God and the playing of music:

Ps. 43:3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles. Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

Notice that David speaks explicitly of going to God’s altar and praising God on the harp!

Moreover, Psalm 69 directly compares the two and instructs us that offering acceptable music to God pleased Him better than animal sacrifices did:

Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. 31 This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

These two passages as well as others, including in the NT, make clear that comparing what Scripture reveals about divine acceptance of animal sacrifices offered to God on an altar and what it reveals about divine acceptance of music offered to God is legitimate and fully biblical.

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