One-Anothering Well: Scripture & Song
Who among us has not experienced the power of song? Songs take us back in time and evoke vivid memories. Words spoken have the power of life and death. Words sung have the power of life, death, and memories that last a lifetime.
Those in the marketing industry know the power of the jingle. We can’t forget them if we tried. I haven’t owned a television for decades, don’t listen to the radio, and still recall without effort “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun!” (From Col. 3:8-17)
When each of us is committed to and insists upon God’s standard of relational health set forth in v. 8-15, we’ll have a compelling community that reveals the true nature of the gospel.
Worship in theologically sound scripturally rich song is God’s tool for believers to instruct, gently caution, counsel, and remind each other in a powerful way that we are to live for and like God (v. 16-17).
“Psalms” are songs from the God-inspired hymnal - The Psalms. “Hymns” are songs written to magnify and attribute praise and honor directly to God. “Spiritual songs” are lyrical compositions with spiritual themes. In all of these we worship God and teach and admonish one another to live healthy relationally.
The quality of our relational life and death are in the power of the tongue. When our tongues are loosed to employ praise to God and truth to each other in love and gracious harmony we’ll be reminded to live in unity, fervent charity, and grow in maturity. This my friend is worship worthy of God’s name.
To worship in song requires spiritual understanding set forth by Scripture. Here’s three reasons believers sing together:
1. Christians Sing Together to Reaffirm Our Unity
· Singing together in church is akin to a choir singing praise to God in glorious harmony. We’re one – dwelling richly in Christ. Singing unites us around Scripture we affirm together.
Our congregational singing must never be divisive or diffused by relational dysfunction or experimental “new carts”.
· David learned by painful experience not to experiment with worship. When a sincere woman told Jesus how she “worship-ped”, Jesus didn’t compliment or confirm, He corrected her (John 4:20-24).
2. Christians Sing Together to Reveal Our Uniqueness
· The Christian song is unique because it is composed and conducted by the Holy Spirit and Scriptures. The message, messenger, method, and music are all to be holy.
Songs filled with the word of Christ make God’s wisdom, power, goodness, and glory known and therefore uniquely influential.
· When Christians combine the spirit of our age with Scripture, a confusing message is created (1 Cor. 14:8-15, Psa. 47:6-8).
Many worship a God they refuse to study, and in a manner inconsistent with His self-revelation, the Bible. They risk becoming what they worship: Self-centric and culture centric.
3. Christians Sing Together to Remind Our Youth
· The songs a mother sings (or introduces) to her baby profoundly influence that child even in utero. Christians sing together to remind our youth - what mean ye by these -- songs! (Joshua 4:1-7).
Words matter - they create a message. Words put to song matter even more. They create powerful influence.
· It should be no surprise to us that our youth are greatly influenced by song – and the spirit of our age: Seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.
To guide our youth to Christ we keep them from new cart experiments and influence them together in song rich in theological absolutes, truth, and tradition.
The quality of our relational life and death are in the power of the tongue. When our tongues are loosed to employ praise to God and truth to each other in love and gracious harmony we’ll be reminded to live in unity, fervent charity, and grow in maturity.