Ephesians 5:19-20 “addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
The discussion we had Sunday night in our assembly about the way we worship in song was very interesting to me, both in the participation and obvious interest of those assembled, and in the way it energized and encouraged me. Many of you had great insights and thoughtful questions. On the way home, Jo and I conversed more about how those gathered seemed to be very engaged.
We decided that the class actually illustrated some of the points we were trying to make. Singing is a great way to learn. It is a great way to express emotions that simply saying words cannot transmit. It helps us to build relationships, and perhaps even to define and refine the relationship.
Think about how many couples have a song that is “their song.” For many years now, the song “tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme…” has swelled my heart and often misted my eyes. It reminds me of how blessed I am that a woman as lovely and good as Jo has chosen to love a man like me. Every time we see the play or watch the movie and hear that song, it serves as a reminder to give the best of us to make the most of us. How much more true that is of the great songs and hymns of praise and thanksgiving to our God?
As was pointed out in the class the other night, the singing of songs helps formulate and solidify our beliefs. The more we sing about the love, grace, power, and mercy of God, the more we trust those truths and are willing to live our lives in honor of God.
Doesn’t that indicate that we ought to be singing our songs in our homes with our families? You want to build your children’s faith? Sing songs with them. Share the songs of your past with your teenagers, and get them to teach you the songs they are learning.
Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight oh Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.”
Hebrews 13:15 “Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.