Is it biblical to limit worship to hymns only? Have many rightly seeing the flaws of contemporary music got another blind spot? Where is the rich, Davidic worship of the Psalms? Colossians 3.16 calls for Biblically-centered diversity! Can I love both the wonderful hymns and Scripture choruses?
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Col 3.16).
We note here that the Lord expects variety in worship and singing – psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Also, the heart is the focus here not the brain or intellect. Other verses deal with other needs but the heart is not to be ignored.
Do scripture choruses qualify as “psalms” or “spiritual songs”? Is singing Bible verses shallowness or does it serve a vital purpose? Is it a godly resource bringing needful uplifting?
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psa 118.24).
A well known scripture chorus is, “This is the day,” which quotes the verse above.
“For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy word . . ” (Psa 92.4a).
“Make us glad . . . ” (Psa 90.15a)
“But let the righteous be glad;” (Psa 68.3a).
Another well known scripture song is “This is the Day.” This is from Psalm 118.24: “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”
A final one I will mention is Nehemiah 8.10: ” . . . the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Here we are reminded of the link between joy and strength. No small matter. A joyless attitude can undermine our spiritual strength. Joy is not automatic. It is DAILY CHOICE. Uplifting songs help us to choose. Singing joyful verses and Bible reading are not enemies. We need both.
- it’s one thing to echo the problem of joyless believers and another to value a God-given resource – joyful songs.
- not only does our intellect need theology but also our emotions, if I understand verses like: “This is the Day that the Lord hath made . . . ” it contains essential theology. God is the creator of the day and our response is to rejoice because of it. If a simple song can buck up our heart is that useful, constructive, or froth?
- How many millions of atheistic evolutionists, New Agers and secularists need to witness our gladness? Will we downplay it or proclaim it with every fiber of our being?
- Gladness can stir up and strengthen our own heart, PLUS that of those who witness it PLUS those who are lost and need to see that we believe something enough to be excited about it!
- In Strong’s Concordance the Hebrew word ‘samach’ (rejoice, cheers) is used appx 150 times. 48 times it is translated “rejoice” and 53 times as “glad.” This is a strong emphasis.
- Gladness is our faith being manifested . . . . on parade! Let’s encourage it.