Worship The Lord – Attitude of Worship – Part 5

Attitude of Worship – Part 5

by Pastor Bill

        Last week we looked at being empowered by the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians 5:18-20, we are told not to be drunk with wine, but to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit. The obvious connection is that we are to be so full of the Holy Spirit that we are under the influence of the Holy Spirit.

(Eph 5:18-20)   And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, {19}  speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; {20}  always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

Paul does not just tell us to be continually being filled with the Holy Spirit, he tells us how to do this. He tells us to speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your hearts to the Lord, always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord says that we should speak to one another in psalms. The Greek word is psalmos which means a piece of music accompanied with an instrument. The root word is psallo, which means to rub or touch the surface, to twitch or twang, or to play on a stringed instrument. Our worship should include instruments.

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Second, we are to sing hymns. A hymn is a religious ode or song that gives praise or honor to God. When Paul uses the word hymn, he did not refer to the songs that would come later in the Protestant Reformation. Many churches limit themselves to these old Reformation hymns, which is not what Paul referred to. Hymns were recognized songs that honored God. Some of the music today is about our story, our lives, or other things, but do not give honor to God. When I think of a hymn, I think of the book of Revelations and the creatures and elders worshipping the Lord. They are singing, “holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come….worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power.” (Rev 4:8-11) These are songs that give honor and praise to God.

Finally, we are to sing spiritual songs. The word for spiritual is pneumatikos and means of the spirit or given by the spirit. The word for song is oide, which means a chant, ode, or song. In Revelation 5:8-9 we find this word used. The twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb and sang a new song or oide. The Holy Spirit wants to pour out new songs. These are not recorded songs in a hymnal. These are songs that as we are worshipping, the Holy Spirit just breathes them through us. Very often as we start with known songs and hymns that honor God, we move into new songs that the Holy Spirit births.

As we seek to be a church that is empowered by the Holy Spirit, let’s learn to be worshipers of God. Let’s learn to have an attitude of worship and thanksgiving.

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