Ephesians 5:19 – 20 “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
My dear husband, Mark, often tells people that he is an A.M. person (talk radio), and I am an F.M. person (music). When taking long car trips, he likes to tune in to the news programs, and I like to tune in to anything with a rhythm. (Guess who usually wins? 🙂 )
In this verse, Paul brilliantly addressed both A.M. and F.M. people! He says speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Now, I know what you are thinking. But no, I really don’t think Paul was referring to an early form of rap music. Rather, he was reminding us all of what we should carry in our hearts.
A psalm is a praise. We should praise God at all times! Are you feeling down, depressed, discouraged? Start praising God! Look around you, and I’ll bet you’ll find something, probably several things for which to praise God. Think about those things. Talk about those things.
A hymn is a song or poem written to teach theological and doctrinal truths. (I’ll bet you didn’t know that, did you?) One of my favorite hymns of all time is actually found in the New Testament, in Philippians 2:5 – 11. Go ahead, read it. I’ll wait . . . and while you read, just remember that we shouldn’t waste our words on insignificant babble. Every chance we get, we should be pointing others to God.
A spiritual song is simply a song that comes out of your spirit. It is unique to you, and no one else can sing or speak your spiritual song the way you do. It is your testimony. It is your proclamation of what Christ has done in your life. God is so good, all the time, and He wants us to tell others about that goodness. The way we do that is to simply talk about the good things He has done for us. That is our spiritual song.
So, whether you are an A.M. person like my husband, or an F.M. person like me, I invite you to join the choir! Sing with me, as we praise God, thank Him, teach others about Him, and tell the world of His goodness.
Dear Father, Please help me to honor You with my words. Help me to keep Your goodness on my lips and in my heart.