- Ephesians 5:15-20 (NLT) 15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As disciples of Christ we are exhorted to live wisely. To make the most of every opportunity to live for Christ in this day and age. In order to live wisely Paul tells us that we should be filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us wisdom and direction so that we can live wisely. Paul goes on to admonish us that wise living requires that we do no get drunk because that does not help us to live wisely but it ruins our lives…it keeps us from living the way God would have us live.
He also informs us that those who are filled with the Holy Spirit find themselves singing. The Spirit-filled life produces music because the Holy Spirit produces joy within us that bubbles out in our singing our praise to God. It does not matter if you can carry a tune or not, a spirit-filled believer is a singing believer. Throughout the Bible we are exhorted to sing and make music to the Lord, this is a vital part of worship to God. Music was created by Him and it helps us connect with Him and gives voice to our praise. Singing is a part of the spirit-filled life, yet today so many believers skip the “worship” because it is not their thing. We are missing an important element of being full of the Spirit if we don’t take time to sing together.
Come join us on Sundays and next week Wednesday evening as we engage in a vital part of the spirit-filled life…singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among ourselves.