Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Oh My!

Just thinking out loud on this one ~ in Ephesians 5, the Apostle Paul commands us to be “filled with the Holy Spirit” and then immediately follows this with a command to speak to one another in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, singing and making melody in our hearts before God.

And I cannot help but wonder if the fact that MOST of our churches split these three things up (Psalms to the Reformed, Hymns to the Baptist, Spiritual Songs to the Charismatic, as if this was merely a matter of “style preference”) is perhaps ONE of the reasons we don’t experience the FILLING of the Holy Spirit in most of our churches? ….

If we were to have a God-glorifying, Body-edifying blend of all THREE, as Paul commands, here, I just wonder what kind of TRANSFORMATION we might see?  After all, God’s Word says he inhabits the praises of his people, yes?

How different would we be, how much more of His presence would we be able to “sense” if we were to praise him as HE has set forth, rather than as our traditions have (or our aversion to tradition has) set forth? …. Hm.

About Grace2Grow

Leah holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, and considers herself a forever-student at heart, especially of the Word of God. The last few years have included a 160+ lbs weightloss, and a complete re-working of her "inner man" as she has had to journey from merely what she "knew" to putting that into "ACTION" .. a transformation that so rocked her core, she believes God's calling in her life includes a sense of "urgency," as the body of Christ is fully - knowingly or unknowingly - entrenched in These Last Days, just as Jesus prophesied. She has worked in various forms of professional Customer Service for nearly 20 years, from Mortgages and Banking to Automotive Plastics, and values most the opportunity to mediate and problem-solve. Leah has served over the years in varying roles, from Women's Bible Study Leader to Choir Director to Worship Leading to teaching Sunday School to working faithfully in the Nursery. She loves being a Wife and Aunt and Sister and Daughter and Friend, and loves to read just about anything she can put her hands on. She is always re-learning putting feet and muscle to these things, but she has learned there is incalculable value in "working the plan," and "being faithful with LITTLE so as to be entrusted with MUCH." And she is trusting her beloved God and Savior for the "much" yet to come. You can find more of her musings on her blogs at and, or follow her on Twitter at

Posted on March 18, 2013, in Bible Study, Challenge, Personal. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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