Using Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs in Recovery – blog
Being filled with the Spirit is one of the most important actions we are to do as believers. In fact, the command in Ephesians 5:18 is critical for those of us wanting to recover and no longer be entangled in sexual sin. The verse literally is telling us to be filled and continuously be being filled with the Spirit. That seems simple enough. I ask the Spirit to fill me and he does because it is clearly God’s will for us all to be being filled with the Spirit.
However, what Paul writes next is extremely interesting to me. Here is that passage;
“…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.”
This passage is literally telling us to speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Breaking it down it looks like this;
Psalms – this is a word which would cause the reader to think of the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament. These Psalms were the hymns of Israel and were understood to be songs inspired by the Spirit of God and were meant to be sung.
Hymns – A hymn is different from the passages in the book of Psalms. A hymn is more specifically a declaration of how great someone or something is.
Spiritual songs – would be songs that someone made up whose content was spiritual and more modern and understood and sung by the people. It was not until the Reformation began in 1517 that songs were actually put in the language of the common person so that they could understand and sing them instead of just hearing the Hymns which were usually in Latin and not understood by the ordinary person.
It is important to notice that all three of these 3 forms of communication which were designed by God to be the result of one being filled with the Spirit were all words communicated in music and worship.
One thing is clear the person who is filled with the Spirit is moved to song or worship. Worship comes from a heart that wants to express emotional words back to God but also; “…speaking to one another…”. The heart and mind that is being filled with the Spirit will want to worship.
So how about you? Where does worship manifest itself in your life? For most of us, it is when we are in the church in the “worship service.” Rarely is it found outside of that corporate setting but, if we are being filled and continuing to be being filled with the Spirit worship should be flowing out of us.
Perhaps one that that might be lacking in your efforts to recover and to be transformed by the Spirit is worship. Let me make a few suggestions on how you might do this.
- Use worship in your daily time with the Lord. You can read one of the Psalms at the beginning of every day.
- You can use worship through the day. Listen to worship music while driving in your car or while working if that is possible. Find good worship songs that are meaningful to you can create your own album of favorite worship songs and play them regularly.
- End your day with worship. I have found in my own life that one of the best things I can do when I am trying to go to sleep and am being tempted to fantasize about sexual things it to immediately begin singing some of the hymns that I have memorized over the years. I literally sing them inside my head and concentrate on the words of worship I am offering the Lord.
So, for today, be being filled with the Spirit and express your love for Him through worship!