Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19, NASB).”
What would that look like to speak to each other in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs? In the Psalms the writers bare their soul before God, sharing their agony as well as their joy. They plead before God for mercy and declare their faithfulness to God. They worship God for His attributes.
Imagine if we spoke to one another in Psalms, sharing our deepest troubles, opening up our lives before one another; exalting to one another the amazing work God has done in our life; proclaiming our devotion to God to one another. A community of believers speaking to one another in Psalms is a community tied together by a deep faith in Jesus and an openness to one another.
A community of believers who speak to one another in hymns and spiritual songs is a community celebrating together God’s goodness. No matter the ups and downs in life, together the community raises arms high and celebrates their devotion to God. Together they lift their eyes to the heavens and let their voices celebrate God’s love and grace. Together they affirm their devotion to God, their commitment to follow Jesus.
What would this look like to someone from outside the community of believers seeing this for the first time? How could they not feel the presence of God; feel His attributes celebrated among the faithful? They couldn’t help but be drawn to God and a community “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.” They would see the faithful “Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father (Ephesians 5:20).”
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