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SINGING IS THE ACTION AND THE HEART IS THE INSTRUMENT

  “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks 
always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord 
Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:19,20).

  We are to speak to ourselves in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. 
There are two great purposes of the song service:
  1) to praise God (Heb. 13:15); and, 
  2) to teach one another true spiritual things.

  Sometimes songs are prayers such as, “Lord we come before thee now;
at thy feet we humbly bow.” Other songs are exhortations to work such
as “To the work! to the work! We are servants of God, Let us follow
the path that our Master has trod”. Others are encouragements to soul
winning such as: “Throw out the life-line across the dark wave; there
is a brother whom some one should save.” Some songs prepare our minds
to properly partake of the Lord’s Supper such as “When we meet in 
sweet communion Where the feast divine is spread; Hearts are brought 
in closer union While partaking of the bread.” The best sung songs 
are those of invitation to the sinner to obey the gospel such as “All 
things are ready” come to the feast!” and “Why not tonight? Wilt thou
be saved? Then why not tonight?” Truly we speak to one another in the
song service.

  We also praise God in the song service as when we sing “Hallelujah 
praise Jehovah” and “How great Thou art”. Great songs have been written
to extol the virtues of the sacrifice of Christ and his help for us
to reach heaven. 

  The action is “Singing”. Webster’s first definition of “singing” is 
“to produce musical tones by means of the voice” and “to utter words 
in musical tones and with musical inflections and modulations.” This 
is the meaning of the command in the Bible. Every worship service in 
the New Testament always included singing. Paul said he would sing
with the spirit and with the understanding also (I Cor. 14:15). “By
him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,
that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” This includes
singing and prayer.  It is most important to carry out this command
to sing. 

  In Young’s concordance under the words “Making melody” he informs 
us that the Greek word is “Psallo” and means “to play on a stringed 
instrument.” This causes the proponents of mechanical instruments of
music to say that involved in making melody is playing on a piano, 
organ or other instruments. The inspired scripture says “singing and
making melody in your heart to the Lord.” There is an instrument 
involved in “Psalloing” and that is the heart of man. Singing is to 
touch the heart strings of everyone who engages therein. Singing 
touches the intellect of man by teaching him truths found in the 
Scriptures. Singing touches the emotions of man in that he is made to 
be happy by some songs and made to cry over others. His love for 
Christ and belief in Christ are enriched and developed by singing 
scriptural songs. The will or determination of man is touched by 
singing. Many a person has responded to the Lord’s invitation when he 
was touched by a song of invitation. As a result he purposes to obey
the Lord and to serve Jesus the rest of his days. We answer in a good
conscience to God in the song service because we are conscious of
carrying out his command to sing. So every part of the heart is touched
by a properly engaged in song service. 

  God has told us what to do in this part of worship - and that is to
sing. God has told us what kinds of songs in which we are to engage
- and that is in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. God has told us 
what instrument to use in this service - and that is the human heart. 
Now any other service will not be acceptable to the Lord. We cannot
add to the word without God adding to us the plagues spoken of in His
word (Rev. 22:18). If we transgress and abide not in the doctrine of 
Christ we will not have God (2 John 9). Thus it is left up to us to 
learn to sing to the best of our ability and to engage therein with
all our hearts. It also becomes us to check our songs and be sure 
they are scriptural. Our eternal destinations depend on proper singing.   





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