Summary: A pentecostal sermon discussing Spiritual Songs.


(This sermon was adapted from a sermon by David Dykes)

Ephesians 5:18-21 (NKJV)

18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

let’s talk about how the fullness of the Spirit leads to a heart and a mouth and a life full of praise.

according to verse 19 we are to

Speak to one another in SONG

Some people like to tell me – We just worship at home or in nature.. we don’t need church

This verse is a clear mandate for corporate worship

This command cannot be obeyed in solitude.

God calls us to speak in song to one another.

Sing with me…

“Yes Jesus loves me”

“O Come Let Us Adore Him”

“Standing on the Promises of God”

You know what these three songs have in common.

they are examples of speaking to one another.

None of these directly address God,

but we are offering truths about Him.

The Bible says we are to do that in three ways…

1. Songs – psalms or Old Testament songs

There are 150 psalms

They were meant to be sung

the word “psalms” means “ “songs sung with accompaniment,”

I love reading the Psalms, but they were never meant to be read—they were meant to be sung

I just don’t know the original melody…

It does not really matter what tune you use the words are the important part they are inspired…

Psalm 23:1-6 (NKJV)

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul; He guides paths in righteousness For His name's sake. 4 though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will nOT fear though art with me; THY rod and THY staff, they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cups overflowing . 6 Surely goodness and loving kindness shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

When we sing psalms we build each other up.

We build courage into one another

we energized by our agreement.

We are making confession of the greatness of God

and what we believe.

So singing becomes a mark of the true fellowship we have in the Spirit.

We need to follow the directions of the Psalms..

Psalm 150:1-6 (NKJV)

1 Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! 3 Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! 4 Praise Him with the timbrel and DANCE; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him with LOUD cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!

DANCE---Dancing in the spirit is nothing mystical

Is an expression of your joy in the Lord…

God must really love our church

Because God likes our worship LOUD

Psalm 33:3 (NKJV)

3 Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

Revelation 7:10-12 (NKJV)

“To him who sits on the throne and unto the lamb

Be blessing and glory and honor and power forever…”

A second way we are to speak to one another in music…

2. Hymns – “A composed Song”

A hymn is a song of praise someone deliberately and carefully composed.

By that definition the songs in this book and the other songs we sing are all HYMNS…

The only difference is the age from which they came

From about the year 300 until about the 16th century, there was very little music in the church…

Some of the earliest forms were chants..

Like this ONE.. Gregorian Chant…

Around the 1440 with the invention of the printing press

Christians began to write MUSIC

like, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” By Martin Luther

John Newton “Amazing Grace” 1770

John and Charles Wesley wrote over 6,000 Christian songs

They took tunes from some of the popular songs of the day and put Christian lyrics to them

The song, “Blessed be the Name, Blessed be the Name”

Was from an old English drinking song. “Pass another ale”

The established church in England hated it…

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