Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.Ephesians 5:18-20 NIV
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
Yesterday I spoke by phone with a friend who has been house-bound after surgery. He’s still on crutches, but he expressed his determination to be in church today. He said, “It’s just not the same being here watching on the computer. I need to be there and worship, be in the glory.” I feel the same way. Part of our “one another” commission as the church is to gather for worship. Not just to watch or listen, but to sing from the heart!
In the verses above, Paul implies that there’s something that happens when we sing together in praise to the Lord. This phenomenon doesn’t happen because of a good band, a dynamic worship leader, or a great light show. Notice the source of this blessed instruction from God: the heart of the believer. When we worship together with a right heart, something special happens. I need it. Therefore, I need you to show up with praise and gratitude in your heart and let it flow out in psalms and hymns and songs from the Spirit. You need it, too. Therefore, I intend to show up the same way. Ready, set, worship!