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.