Ephesians 5:19– Speak out to one another in psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices [and instruments] and making melody with all your heart to the Lord (AMP).
Strong’s Concordance and Webster’s Dictionary declare that a Psalm is a set piece of music, i.e. a sacred ode, a Bible Psalm. A hymn is described as one of the Psalms. (Oops! Can it be that ‘our’hymnsare not really hymns at all?)
A spiritual song is a chant, ode, or the generic term for any words sung. That means that today’s modern choruses and our favourite old-time hymns are really one and the same. How interesting!
Does it really matter which one of these we sing as long as the words glorify God? After all, He is singing over us.
Zephaniah 3:17b– he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival (RSV).
Think of it! We sing praises to God while He sings praises over us! It’s like an echo reverberating across the skies.
And the quality of our singing voice doesn’t even matter! Are you as relieved about that as I am?
We don’t even know if God has a great voice, except for the fact that He does all things well!
Prayer: Lord, we thank you that all you care about is our hearts, not our voices or which praise songs that we sing. Amen.