Shelby G. Floyd
God is a Spirit and those who worship him must do so in spirit and truth (John 4:24). This means we must worship from the heart (Matthew 15:9) and as God directs: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17 ESV).
Singing can be used to praise God, teach, express joy, gladness, and victory over sin. Hannah sung a prayer song of joy after she gave her son to the Lord (1 Samuel 2:1-10). Mary magnified the Lord in song because he had chosen her to bring Christ into the world (Luke 1:46-55). Paul and Silas were able to sing and pray at midnight after they had been severely beaten and imprisoned (Acts 16:25). Let all of us sing unto the Lord with all our might!
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray
Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.
(James 5:13 NIV).
Through Jesus therefore, let us continually
offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess his name (Hebrews 13:15 NIV).
Even little children can praise God with their lips:
and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?” (Matthew 21:16 ESV).
May the God of heaven bless our worship when we lift up our voices in praise, adoration and joy, “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:19-20 NKJV).
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Shelby G. Floyd, Minister, Heartland Church of Christ, 1693 West Main Street, Greenwood, Indiana 46142