Last night two friends, Jamie Burnette, Savannah Allison and I gathered around my piano for more than an hour and sang some old hymns and gospel songs. I was reminded by all of the comments how important it is to “sing Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” Listen to Paul’s words in Ephesians:

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-21, ESV)

I think if Paul were writing today, he could say “and do not get drunk with the news, with who should have done what, with Republicans and Democrats, with conspiracy theories, with…” the list could go on and on. When there are so many things you do not know, focus on what you do  know.

Again in Colossians Paul writes:

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:15-17, ESV)

Do you think Paul struggled to understand the times? Of course he did! Nero was the emperor, Rome the oppressive regime. What did he tell the Colossians to do? Let Christ’s peace rule (don’t miss this word) in your hearts. How do you do that? Sing! Yes, sing!

So here is a link to last night. While you’re doing whatever this Friday demands, listen to these songs. Worship. I cannot guarantee you that you will answer questions so many are asking–but you will have peace.


  1. Wow what peace came to me last night.The singing last night took me back to a Saturday night singing at Turkey Cove Baptist Church when I was about 11 or 12 years old.The groups had been singing for 2 hours and all of a sudden I could not hold back the tears that flowed down my cheeks.Some one touched my shoulder and asked if I wanted to get saved.That night at the alter me and several other young people gave their lives to Christ.Last night as you and Jamie and Savannah sang those songs, peace like a roaring river flooded my soul.No more worrying about things that I don’t understand because Christ’s peace rules in my heart.


    1. Oh Barbara what a story of the saving grace of God. You for sure know “how it feels.” God’s got you (had you then) and will always have you. What great word! Love you all!


  2. Great music last night! This is very much needed in these difficult times. God bless you Jerry, Jamie, & Savannah!


  3. There is no way I can express the blessing I have received from this awesome time of great music and fellowship. Scrolling through FB and found this. Jamie and Savannah’s were amazing and I have started praying now that you will do it again. Love you so much and miss you and your more than you know.. Blessings


  4. Marie and I were discussing this exact thing last Friday morning when we had our weekly meeting. God is truly the only constant – now or any time – and His Word is truth. My focus should be here.


  5. All of our focus should be there. I’m memorizing/working through Psalm 25. “To you O Lord I lift up my soul…” I’m so tempted to lift up my soul to things that will/can never satisfy it.


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