Scripture For Today:
“He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.”
Praying in Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs pt 3
The past couple of days, we have been discussing the importance of singing praises to God in your personal prayer time and how the Bible tells us to do so using Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual songs. That is from Ephesians 5:18-19 says,
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody IN YOUR HEART TO THE LORD.”
This is also referenced in Colossians 3:16 which reads,
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; TEACHING and ADMONISHING ONE ANOTHER in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Psalms are basically spiritual poems. But, unlike poems that you probably are familiar with, they do not necessarily have to rhyme in the natural because they are given by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They are given to believers to be encouraged with. Amen.
Hymns and spiritual songs are songs given to us by the Holy Spirit and not necessarily sung out of a song book, as we covered yesterday, where we discovered that a lot of the music being presented in so called worship services are really full of words of unbelief. I’m not going to back over that again today, but you can go back and watch or listen to the program from yesterday for an example.
Both Ephesians 5 and Colossians 3 are talking about the Spirit filled believer praying and worshipping God in the spirit, both in their private time and in public worship with other believers. The believer needs to continually sing and make melody in their heart as we worship God. One reason why so many Christians seem to spiritually dead is probably because they have not been singing to God and worshipping God in their hearts through music.
A lot of Christians only go to God when they need something. Like God is a big ATM GOD up in the sky. “Hey God, my name is Jimmy – gimme – gimme – gimme.”
Now, I did not say that to be funny, I said it to make a point.
How many times in the past month have you just went to God in your private prayer time and sang Him a song? I know I don’t do it as often as I should – which is one of the reasons, as I’ve been studying this out to share with you today – that I’m bringing it up.
That’s how it works. God gets on me – and I get on you! Amen!
But, just like our friend Jimmy I just referenced, that is about all the time most people spend in prayer when they actually take the time TO PRAY. Amen!
But, I want to share with you that, when it comes to our prayer life, God doesn’t just want to hear “gimme, gimme, gimme.” He wants us to WORSHIP HIM. And, through worship and singing, we can fellowship with Him and have sweet communion with Him.
When we do that, He just blesses us, spirit, soul and body. That means providing for our needs naturally as well. We don’t have to beg. He is a loving Father that knows what we need before we even ask. Amen!
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