40 Days of Words

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days of Words
Day 21|SINGING TO ONE-ANOTHER | Ephesians 5:18-20

Ephesians 5:18-20
“Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Every church service I have ever attended has included singing.  Have you ever wondered why?  Well, it’s not necessarily that we are all such good singers – some are some aren’t – but it’s because the Lord made us (a) so that we could sing and (b) so that it would be good for us.

On Day 20 of this series, I talked about Psalm 100, which starts with: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,” and as I’ve said in church, we only have to make a joyful NOISE!

So why should we sing in church?

Well, you might like to know there are over 400 references to singing in the Bible.  King David commanded it be done and appointed people to do so (choirs) and created instruments designed for praise.

There is also the horizontal and the vertical element to singing.  Think of a cross.  The vertical piece is our singing to praise God.  The horizontal component is that we sing to encourage one another.

Notice too this verse says to be “filled with the Holy Spirit and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.”  The Holy Spirit seems to inhabit the praises of God’s people when they sing to God and praise His name!

I once heard it said: “a healthy church is a singing church.”

So next Sunday, when you go to church, use your God-given voice to praise God in song together with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

“Let everything that has breathe praise the Lord!”  (Psalm 150)

Prayer: Lord, help me to look forward to the singing time at church.  Help me sing unto YOU and enjoy the fellowship we all share as we sing words of praise and glorify your name. Amen.
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