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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Blessing One Another in Song

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.
(Colossians 3:16).

Every time I read this passage, I realize how far I have to go. I mean, when is the last time I was filled with songs, psalms, and hymns—so much so that it was overflowing to others?

It’s not a new concept. The Chronicles were written back in 450-425 B.C. Sing unto him (God), sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works (1 Chronicles 16:9).

Here are some more:
  • Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works (Psalm 105:2).
  • Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 5:19-20).

When God’s Word—the Bible—dwells in us richly, we will be so filled with the Lord that we’ll have wisdom, be able to teach, and our hearts will overflow in joyful song and praise. We’ll actually be singing psalms and spiritual songs which will be shared with those around us.

What’s my speech like? What is yours like?

Is it a song of praise to God? Is it filled with thanksgiving?

How can we achieve this? How can we completely turn around the way we communicate with others? How can we get a song—so we can share it?

Based on the verses above, here’s how: 
  1. Be in God’s Word.
  2. Know the Psalms.
  3. Meditate on hymns. (The old traditional hymns are filled with Truth and praise.)
  4. Fill your mind with spiritual songs.
  5. Sing in your heart.
  6. Address Psalms and hymns to the Lord, in private prayer and praise.
  7. Praise God in your speech. Thank Him aloud, making it a habit.

You'd be surprised how listening to edifying music helps you develop a heart of praise. What you feed your heart—Scripture and music—works on your spirit. Do you want to overflow with thanksgiving?

Become a student of praise.


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