“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
When Paul and Silas were quarantined (so to speak) in prison the Bible says, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,” (Acts 16:25, ESV)
1. The prisoners were listening to them.
Recently, all over Facebook and YouTube, Christian musicians have posted Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs and we (you, me and thousands of other people who are living in quarantine) have been listening to them.
These songs have brought comfort and peace, calmed fears, lifted hearts and spurred people on to love and good works during these uncertain times. Nothing new under the sun. When we praise and worship God, He reassures us and brings the peace that surpasses all understanding! Amazing!
2. We have been listening to them.
As I began to dwell on this my thoughts reflected back on my own life. I recalled memories of when my brother passed away - it was a scripture song God used to bring peace to my soul. When my heart was aching over a crisis in my life it was the hymn “It is Well with My Soul” that God used, over and over again, to bring comfort.
When I was going through a difficult time there was a psalm that kept going through my mind which brought much needed assurance. When our daughter Christa would cry, we would sing the scripture song, “Seek Ye First,” and she would stop crying. It soothed her soul.
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs are found throughout the Old and New Testaments bringing honor, praise and glory to a mighty God who deserves all our praise! Let’s take a look at the difference between Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual songs.
The word psalm means “praise.” The psalms speak to our lives today as they did to people thousands of years ago. They transcend time and when we sing them, we are singing God’s word.”
Hymns are songs that give praise, honor or thanksgiving to God. Many hymns have scripture in them and contain great theological truths. Paul and Silas sang a hymn when they were in prison. Another example of a hymn being sung in scripture is after the Last Supper, Jesus and His disciples sang a hymn. (Matthew 26:30)
Spiritual songs teach and focus on spiritual concepts. From simply teaching scripture memory to doctrinal truths and bringing glory to God, these songs are expressions of our faith.
In the good times as we sing our praise to Almighty God, and in the difficult, uncertain times like we are currently experiencing, we cry out to God through hymns and spiritual songs.
3. God is listening to us.
Christian be encouraged during these days. God is listening to our praise, our hymns and our spiritual heart cries. Sing your praise, call upon His Name. There is no other name under heaven by which you can be saved. God is listening to us. Amen. (So be it.)
1. What holds you back from verbally proclaiming praise to the mighty God who created you? Perhaps there is a song that has ministered to you over the years. Try singing that song to start.
2. Whether worshipping in your home or with other believers, we should not be ashamed of the Lord our Savior. Practice this week verbally singing a Psalm, Hymn or Spiritual song to God. Does this make you feel weird? If so, keep singing each day until it feels natural.
3. What we do in the sanctuary of our homes becomes a living epistle outside the walls of our home. Take time to evaluate how you praise the God of the Universe.
God is listening to us!