“Make Music In Our Hearts” ( Ephesians 5: 19 – 20, NEB ) by Carley Evans

“Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and songs; sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord; and in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ give thanks every day for everything to our God and Father.”

 

Paul calls us to “let the Holy Spirit fill [us].” (Ephesians 5: 18) As He fills us, we find it easier to “make music in [our] hearts” and to “speak to one another” in this music. While we make music to God, we are also “to give thanks every day for everything.” Giving thanks for everything can be, at times, challenging. Seeing the good in what appears to be bad is, to put it mildly, downright difficult.

 

Paul reminds us, “We do not even know how we ought to pray, but through our inarticulate groans the Spirit Himself is pleading for us, and God who searches our inmost being knows what the Spirit means, because He pleads for God’s people in God’s own way; and in everything, we know, He cooperates for good with those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8: 26-28)

 

Because we know that God actually “cooperates for good” with us, we are able to “sing and make music to the Lord,” and “speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and songs” and to “give thanks every day for everything.”

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Eric says:

    Carly,
    Ephesians 5:19 I have always used as a “recipe” for being continually filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18). I don’t really care for the word “recipe” as though it is a formula. However, by speaking with others and ourselves in psalms and hymns and singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord, it focuses our attention on Him. It allows Him to continue to flow through us and keeps us filled with Him. The King James Version actually uses the word “drunk” for the word filled. To be so filled up with Jesus that you are actually intoxicated with Him. When people get intoxicated with alcohol, they act differently then they normally would. They can’t always control themselves. This is what happens when we get and stay filled with Jesus. Then the “things of the world grow strangely dim.” It doesn’t really matter what is happening in the world. We are lost in Him.

    1. lambskinny says:

      Yes, getting “drunk” on the Lord means He’s in control; we’ve given Him the keys, and we are along for the ride. Thanks Eric. God bless.

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