Did David Legislate Mechanical Instruments of Music Into Temple Worship?
Did you know that King David, as King of Israel was NOT authorized to legislate worship to God? God gave the office of administrating worship to the priests of Israel and more specifically to the High Priests (descendants of Aaron) Heb. 7:11-13/Ex. 29:44. So, although David himself worshipped and praised God using mechanical instruments of music and lead others in doing so, the use of those innovations were not sanctioned from Heaven as official, authorized mode of worship to God for all Israel.
Realizing that David, being a descendant of Judah and not Levi was not given authorization of preside or officiate over temple worship although he was king. Moreover, even the High Priests received the instructions on all the acts, articles, instruments and substances to be used in worship to God through Moses, the mediator of God's covenant with Israel. And, the Bible said that having given those instructions from Moses; "He added no more" Deut. 5:22.
Since then, David was no more authorized to implement the use of mechanical instruments of music into the official worship of God in Israel than the Levites were to place the ark of the covenant upon "new cart" 1 Chr. 13:5-7 to transport it. Therefore, the example of David and his use of mechanical instruments of music cannot be used as a pattern for such innovations in Christian worship. Just as Jesus affirmed that it was "unlawful" for David and those with him to go into the temple and eat of the showbread with was mean ONLY for the priests Matt. 12:3-4 it would have been equally unlawful for David to legislate praise to God using mechanical instruments of music into the official, mandated worship of Israel.
So, since there is neither command of nor example of the use of mechanical instruments of music in worship to God in the assembly of the saints in the New Testament, there IS absolutely NO Biblical authorization for such. And, the use and practice thereof is therefore sin and NOT acceptable to God.
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him." Col. 3:16-17