Worship is a religious term that simply means to tell God how much you love him. This should be a moment-by-moment occurrence as opposed to once a week in church. The implication for musicians is twofold. First, if you know Jesus and want to be more like Him, then it is a heart attitude that makes everything you do turn into worship. Therefore, when and wherever you play is worship if your heart is in the right place, whether in a concert, club, jam session, practice or in church. Secondly, the scriptures place huge importance upon music in worship. King David was a musician as well as warrior, poet and leader of the nation of Israel. He had a heart toward God and was obviously free in his worship to the Lord. In 1 Chronicles 15: 28, 29 the Ark of the Covenant was being returned to Jerusalem and there was a celebration.

28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn, with trumpets and with cymbals, making music with stringed instruments and harps.
29 And it happened, as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the City of David, that Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David whirling and playing music; and she despised him in her heart.

David was whirling and jamming. He was down with the people freely dancing, playing and having a great time in the Lord. David’s wife, Michal, obviously thought this lacked royal dignity and caused her whole attitude toward him to change. He was more concerned about what God thought than what any person thought, including his wife.
After David had offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and blessed the people in chapter 16 verses 4, 5 and 6:

4 And he appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the Lord God of Israel:
5 Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eiab, Benaiah, and Obed-Edom: Jeiel with stringed instruments and harps, but Asaph made music with cymbals;
6 Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests regularly blew the trumpets before the ark of the covenant of God.

After he delivered what we know as part of psalm 105 and the celebration was winding down,

37 So he left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister before the ark regularly, as every day’s work required;

Undoubtedly instrumental music was part of the daily ministry before the ark and before the Lord. After listing various people and their duties the chapter ends with the duties of the musicians.

42 and with them Heman and Jeduthun, to sound aloud with trumpets and cymbals and the musical instruments of God. Now the sons of Jeduthun were gatekeepers.
43 Then all the people departed. Every man to his house; and David returned to bless his house.

The importance of music in worship cannot be underestimated. The classic example of this is David’s words in Psalm 150:

1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament!
2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!
3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp!
4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

Now, a very important issue to resolve within you is simply, why? Why should you worship and praise God?

The gift of salvation in Jesus.
Your Mother and Father.
You were given the miracle of physical life.
Your senses: seeing, hearing, feeling, smelling, tasting
All of your family, and all of your friends.
The sun comes up every day.
The rains and snow fall to water crops.
Your needs are met.
You are blessed beyond your needs since you even have a computer, or you wouldn’t be reading this.
You must have been given a love and talent for music, or you wouldn’t have found this website.

The list could go on and on. Count your blessings, not your misfortunes and you will find that God is incredibly active in your life. If God withdrew His presence for an instant, the very air we breathe would be gone, the planet would cease its’ natural revolution, all life would vanish, and it would be once again as in the beginning: without form and void (Genesis 1: 2). If Jesus had not chosen to leave His home in glory with the Father, the sacrifice for our sins would not have been paid and our righteousness, which is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6), could not get us into God’s kingdom. We owe everything to our Creator. That is why we worship him. We were created to have fellowship with Him. He has given us music for our and His pleasure.