Songs and Hymns

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Songs and Hymns

 

In this portion of the True Discipleship website, we hope to comment on various songs, hymns, and spiritual songs.  We may comment on the background of a given hymn, or comment on the lyrics of a song, or note certain Biblical allusions in some of the songs.  We hope that you will find this to be enriching, enlightening, and a spiritual blessing!

The book of Psalms in the Hebrew Scriptures (our Old Testament) is filled with expressions of praise to the Lord God of Israel.  Yahweh God was praised by faithful men and women as an expression of their sorrow, their joys, and their exaltation.  “Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD all the earth.  Sing to the LORD, bless His name; proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day” (Psalm 96:1-2).

The Christian Scriptures likewise call on faithful believers to worship the Lord.  Jesus Himself sung a hymn before departing from the upper room to the Mount of Olives and Garden of Gethsemane (Matt. 26:30).  Paul instructs followers of Christ to “be filled with the Spirit,” and through this means, they should be “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord” (Eph. 5:18-19).

The apostle likewise wrote to the Colossians: “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (3:16).  James also admonishes, “Is anyone among you suffering?  Then he must pray.  Is anyone cheerful?  He is to sing praises” (James 5:13).  We can “pray” to the Lord with prayer songs, and we can “sing” to the Lord with praises to our glorious God!

Our singing of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs is the expression of our heart and soul.  We sing to the Lord God and to Christ Jesus—“singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.”  We sing to other believers—“speaking to one another” and “teaching and admonishing one another.”

In all of this, we also are personally edified, encouraged, and matured in the Lord.  Everyone should not only have a good Bible and Bible helps in their home; they should also have one or more song books to sing Christian songs!  Sing personally, sing as a family, and sing as believers gathered in your home for Bible study and worship!

Richard Hollerman

 

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