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
of Praise in the sanctuary
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.
joy, and proclaiming victory over the enemy
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.
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.
Used along with the Prophetic
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.)
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:
danced before the Lord
8:2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and
(When we praise the Lord with the tambourine and dance, in this manner
we also silence, and therefore defeat the enemy.)
Tassels on the Tambourine
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.
Purpose of Garments
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 20:5 We will rejoice
in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfill all thy petitions.
garments worn are representative of the garments of the priests in Exodus 28.
28:2 And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.
Types of Dance in Both The Old and New Testaments
Glory, His Deity||Acts 17:29; Rev 14:14; Song of Sol 5:11|
of God||Ezekiel 1:4 and 8:2|
|Blue||Heaven, Heavenly, Holy Spirit||Numbers 15:38|
||Blood, Atonement, Sacrifice||Isaiah
1:18; Joshua 2:18, 21|
|Scarlet|| ||Leviticus 14:52|
Royalty, Majesty||John 19:2; Judges 8:26|
Light, Righteousness||Revelation 6:2, 7:9, and 19:8|
Vigor, Life, Prosperity||Psalm 92:14, 37:5|
|Silver||Redemption||Genesis 20:16; Matt 27:3-9|
- Machowla - (round) dance.
- raqad - to stamp, i.e. to spring about (wildly or for joy).
- Karar - to dance (i.e. whirl)
- 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
- Skirtao - to skip; to jump
Psa 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing
praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
1 Chr 15:29
And 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
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.