Tambourine and Dance

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – 2 Cor 3:17

Tambourine & DanceOur purpose and vision in tambourine and dance is to see that the Spirit of Liberty is displayed and to engage the congregation during our times of corporate expression in worship. Whether that is to be to sing, dance, clap, or move freely in His presence. We also wage war in the heavenlies (according to the scriptural meaning of what a tambourine was used for in the Old Testament) to see people set free to rejoice in worship. The following is an account of the scriptural uses of tambourine, banners (or flags) and dance.

Created in the Beginning by God

Ezek 28:13Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Instrument of Praise in the sanctuary

Psa 149:3Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

Psa 150:4Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Psa 68:24They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.

Psa 68:24-25Your procession has come into view, O God, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary. In front are the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the maidens playing tambourines.

Expressing joy, and proclaiming victory over the enemy

Exo 15:20And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

Jer 31:4Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.

1 Sam 18:6And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music.


Isa 30:32And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the LORD shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will He fight with it.

2 Chr 20:22And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.

(Praise in this verse is the Hebrew word halal,– to be clear of sound or color; to shine; hence to make a show, to boast; and thus to be clamorously foolish; to rave; to celebrate.)

Used along with the Prophetic

1 Sam 10:5After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy:


Psa 8:2From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

(When we praise the Lord with the tambourine and dance, in this manner we also silence, and therefore defeat the enemy.)

David danced before the Lord

2 Sam 6:14-15David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

1 Chr 15:29As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.

Purpose of Tassels on the Tambourine

The tassels on our tambourines are used to proclaim or represent the attributes of God according to the scriptural meaning and use of the colors. They are lifted as a banner during praise and worship.

Psa 20:5We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfill all thy petitions.

Purpose of Garments

The garments worn are representative of the garments of the priests in Exodus 28.

Exo 28:2 – And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.

Symbolic Colors

Gold Divine Glory, His Deity Acts 17:29; Rev 14:14; Song of Sol 5:11
Amber Glory of God Ezekiel 1:4 and 8:2
Blue Heaven, Heavenly, Holy Spirit Numbers 15:38
Red Blood, Atonement, Sacrifice Isaiah 1:18; Joshua 2:18, 21
Scarlet Leviticus 14:52
Purple Kingship, Royalty, Majesty John 19:2; Judges 8:26
White Purity, Light, Righteousness Revelation 6:2, 7:9, and 19:8
Green Freshness, Vigor, Life, Prosperity Psalm 92:14, 37:5
Silver Redemption Genesis 20:16; Matt 27:3-9

Types of Dance in Both The Old and New Testaments

Machowla – (round) dance.
Raqad – to stamp, i.e. to spring about (wildly or for joy).
Karar – to dance (i.e. whirl)
Pazaz – to solidify (as if by refining); also to spring (as if separating the limbs)
Agalliao – (much) to jump for joy, i.e. exult
Skirtao – to skip; to jump

Psa 149:3Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

1 Chr 15:29And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.

2 Sam 6:16 – And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

Mat 5:12 – Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Luke 10:21 – In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Luke 6:23 – Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.