People hear my sister singing and playing her guitar, ushering people into worship and ask if I can play an instrument. I tentatively ask whether the tambourine counts because truthfully I only sing in key when the Holy Spirit shows up with His anointing.
Some people cringe when I say tambourine, and others get excited, reliving visions of the Salvation Army Corp, with whom my mother-in-law was involved, and I fit somewhere between.
The Bible is full of references to the tambourine and when played properly, prophetically and sensitively, like any form of worship it can bring great breakthrough to the spiritual atmosphere.
We like to think we can think our way through situations or even pray our way through, but so often the Biblical key to breakthrough was worship, like King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20, who sent the worshippers out first. The Bible says that the enemy is defeated to the sound of the tambourine.
Isaiah 30:32 NIV Every stroke the LORD lays on them with his punishing club will be to the music of timbrels and harps, as he fights them in battle with the blows of his arm
So I play the tambourine, ribbons streaming out behind, the colours symbolising all things Biblical. I’ve even taught Scripture memory through motion using the tambourine to Psalm 91, and when my toddlers and I need a reset I turn up worship loud, and play along on my tambourine.
This post was written for Five Minute Friday for the prompt PLAY