August 23, 2017

Singing Every Day

Colossians 3:12-17

Teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

—  Colossians 3:16

The apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians covers some significant topics: prayer, the person and work of Jesus, and the church. Paul also encourages his readers to show evidence that they are alive in Christ as they “teach and help one another along the right road with . . . psalms and hymns and Christian songs, singing God’s praises with joyful hearts” (J.B. Phillips translation).

Singing was important to God’s people in ancient times, and it is still very important today. How can you use singing to make your own life or that of others around you rich in true wisdom today?

I am reminded of a family in Africa with whom I was privileged to stay. The mother and father led their three little children in singing two or three songs after every meal. These songs brought the teachings of Christ to live in their hearts. You might choose to play Christian music on your car radio or iPod. Or perhaps you might quietly sing a hymn to encourage a friend who is sick.

Take a moment today to think of how you can use songs to encourage someone in their walk with the Lord. Be reminded of how often the words of a song have encouraged you to walk more closely with God during times of struggle, doubt, or temptation.

Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of music. Thank you for giving us songs to express our gratitude to you every day. In your name we pray. Amen.

About the author — John Van Schepen

Dr. John Van Schepen is a retired pastor who served churches in Washington, Wisconsin, Indiana, Oregon and California. He and his wife, Willie, have been blessed with five children and several grandchildren.

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