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Ephesians 5:19: Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs

Ephesians 5:19
19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,

Today's devotional could be a whole book.  Don't worry.  I am not writing a book on worship. Yet. Worship is something that many people have very strong opinions on, but they do not always reflect the opinion of the author of Scripture, the Holy Spirit.  Let's look at today's verse which speaks of how we are to worship.

Notice the first few words in verse 19. “Addressing one another” Worship is to be with other believers. There are people who claim that they can worship just as well at home.   After all, the church has too many hypocrites. True believers value worship. And that includes the concept of worship being with one another. You show me a person who does not value worship with other believers in Jesus, and I will show you someone who is not walking in obedience to the Lord.

Now, Paul mentions more than that we should worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. He mentions psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. The Old Testament Israelites actually sung the psalms. The psalms that you read in your Bible were the Israelites’ song book. Hymns would have been other songs that glorified the Lord and had theological meaning. Spiritual songs were likely songs that had some sort of testimony.

Notice that Paul wasn’t commanding a certain STYLE of worship, or TYPE of instruments to be used, but rather he emphasizes variety and that they be BIBLICAL and sung FROM THE HEART! So many churches just about come to blows over musical worship. Foolishness. If you have a church that is singing songs that honor God and are from the heart, be thankful, and join in!!!

Worship is essential.  We are to give God glory.  It is our highest goal in life.  We do it with other believers.  We do it Biblically and from our hearts.  Worship God!  He is worthy.