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Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

 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) 

        This is many times referred to as the musicians 3:16, but I would say that it is for all of us.  We all need to be admonishing one another and holding each other up with the wisdom that we have received through our worship together and individually.  In two weeks, the choir will be holding an evening of worship.  We usually call it a Night of Worship.  Notice it is not labeled as a concert or event.  It is a time for the body to come together and admonish one another and lift each other up in the truth that our God reigns and is deserving of praise.  This is a night where we can come together, slow down and focus on our King and giving Him the glory that is due His name.  In the hustle and bustle of life this is a time to reflect and worship.

I am calling this “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs.”  For we will sing congregationally old songs of our faith (hymns), songs adapted from the scripture (Psalms),  and new songs that are being birthed out of the church today and maybe even in your spirit as you spend time in worship with Him (spiritual songs).  The Lord is serious about His worship.  He gave very specific instructions throughout the Bible on how His worship should be handled.  We have many words in the Bible that are translated as praise or worship in English but have much deeper meanings in the Greek and Hebrew.  Most of them being action or descriptive words.  Lay before God in worship, kneel before Him in worship, lift up your hands, shout, clap, bow, stand, and dance.  There are many others, but you get the idea that our worship is to be interactive.  Worship is not meant to be an observers activity but a participators activity.  We come into worship, we pour out to God our affection, and we lavish on Him our praises from the over flow of blessings we have been given.  Even when things aren’t looking great and our well seems empty, we have a neverending supply from our King.  We also have the promises that He is faithful, and that alone is reason enough to praise Him with a glad heart.  But, even if God never did another thing for us, He is still worthy of our praise and reverence just simply because of who He is.  He is the creator of all things and our sovereign Lord.  That is reason enough.  I hope that you will come and worship with us on Sunday evening, September 30th as we gather to lift up the renown of our King.

God Bless,

Lanny

 

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