PURPOSE AND VISION
The purpose and vision of Tambourine and Dance is to ensure that the Spirit of Liberty is displayed, as well as encourage congregational engagement during times of corporate expression in worship. We accomplish this through biblical means such as singing, dancing, clapping or moving freely in His presence. Furthermore, we wage war in the heavenlies (according to the scriptural meaning of what the tambourine was used for in the Old Testament) to see people set free to rejoice in worship.
2 Cor 3:17 – “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
Created in the Beginning by God
Ezek 28:13 – Thou 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 149:3 – Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
Psa 150:4 – Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Psa 68:24 – They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.
Psa 68:24-25 – Your 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 15:20 – And 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 31:4 – Again 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 18:6 – And 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 30:32 – And 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 20:22 – And 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 10:5 – After 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 8:2 – From 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.)
Exemplified by great leaders
2 Sam 6:14-15 – David, 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 15:29 – As 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.