Instruments of Joy

Tammy De Ruyter

READ : Psalm 92:1-4

To the music of the lute . . . harp . . . lyre . . . I sing for joy. (vv. 3-4)

In third grade I started piano lessons. In fourth grade came classical guitar. In fifth grade my band instrument was the flute. To this day these instruments nourish a deep place in my heart. They bring me great joy.

The psalmist may or may not have played an instrument himself, but he acknowledges their importance as he worships the Lord Most High. With instrument and song, he exclaims, “it is good to give thanks to the Lord!”

While ancient musical instruments have evolved or disappeared, the state of the human heart hasn’t changed: we are born into sin, redeemed by the Lord, and forever indebted to our Savior. How can one not rejoice? How can one not sing, play, and worship?

Piano, guitar, flute . . .

Lyre, harp, lute . . .

A thousand instruments created to praise God in a thousand creative styles and sounds. Whatever you play – the organ, guitar, or the spoons – take up an instrument, sing for joy, and lift high the name of the Lord!


Heavenly Father, we lift up praise to you with instruments of joy. In the morning we thank you for your love, and each evening we declare your faithfulness.