Speaking in Psalms and Hymns

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).”

© 2021, CGThelen

16 thoughts on “Speaking in Psalms and Hymns

  1. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much”

    These are the truths which mark the developing community of faith. Openness requires trust and it takes grace, wisdom and trust to see the living community of faith began to grow… May it start with us!


  2. I am blessed beyond all measure to participate in several large and small groups throughout the week when we can do exactly that: speak to one another using God’s Word, encouraging, uplifting, and edifying.
    It is wonderful, indeed.

    1. That sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing. May others who witness your group’s uplifting one another be drawn to Christ. Blessings.

  3. I like your idea for improving fellowship among believers, CG! If we simply dropped our boxing gloves and blessed one another—straight out of scripture—the world couldn’t help but notice. Another great post, brother!

    Here’s a blessing from Numbers 6:

    “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you, and give you peace”

  4. I guess we usually think of this in relation to a corporate worship service, but I like the idea of applying it to daily life in the community of believers.

  5. Thank you for this reminder of this calling from Scripture. In a virtual sense the Christian community on WordPress do this I believe.

    1. I agree. I have found the WordPress community to be uplifting, supportive and expressive with praise to God. My hope is that it draws others to Christ. Blessings.

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