“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.”