Music, the Language of the Soul
"Be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves and making music to the Lord in your hearts." Eph. 5:18
One of the indicators that we are "filled w/ the Holy Spirit" is what comes out of our mouths via our souls.
Singing is mentioned here in Ephesians. The context is "understand what the Lord wants you to do."
First thing mentioned: "Don't be drunk with wine because that will ruin your life." No argument there.
(And, btw, have you ever found it interesting that alcoholic beverages are called "spirits?" Something for another blog!)
Then we're instructed to "instead, be fill with the HOLY Spirit, singing..."
The Language of the Soul: Music
No wonder it's such a "hot button" in cultures, in many church gatherings as well.
"What do those lyrics mean?"
"Why don't they sing something I know?"
"What's all that noise?"
"That's too slow, too out of date...!"
You've heard it all as well.
If we really grasp that Music IS the language of the soul the debate is over.
All believers need to worship, to "speak" in THEIR soul language.....their type of music!
The Living Word mentions three kinds:
The point? Since music IS the language of the soul,
Each believer has the mandate to be "filled w/ the Holy Spirit" and the indicator of that is what spills out of their soul through their singing, EACH IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE!! So, the wise leader in a gathering of believers offers options to those who have gathered: some of the songs being Psalms, some being Hymns, some being Spiritual Songs. That way each believer has at least one opportunity to lift THEIR voice, THEIR souls, to the Lord in their 'first' language in that corporate gathering. Anything other than this is less than what Scripture teaches. It is less than facilitating another believer to "do what the Lord wants."
May we be women and men of the Living Word of God....NOT of human tradition as allow Truth to be infused into our realities and thus transform us, together.
Ready to sing,