Singing To Jesus in Our Hearts

In the fifth chapter of Ephesians, Paul exhorts the church at Ephesus to follow Jesus (vs.1) and forsake their old man (2-12). After calling them to walk wisely (15-18), he make this statement:

"...Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing in your hearts to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (18c-20).

Paul gives a similar encouragement to the church at Colosse:

"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him" (Colossians 3:16-17).

Scripture seems to be full of many passages that tell our hearts to praise Him. Not just when we're in corporate worship, or have a song of praise turned on, but continually singing in the depths of who we are to our Worthy King.

The word for sing in both of these passages is adó. It is used five times in Scripture, and is defined this way: "To the praise of anyone, to sing." The context of these verses show us who is to be praised and sung to in our hearts: the Lord.

In our music-saturated society, we are not at all lacking in melodies. There are thousands of songs at the tip of our fingers, thanks to modern technology. Want to hear a song from a Mexican fiesta? We've got that. Chant-like drum beats from stone-age tribes in the Pacific? There are some on Youtube! Classical masterpieces from brilliant composers of yester-year? Thousands of performances of these works can be purchased or looked up.

But how often do we truly make melodies to Him in our souls? Just at church, or are we continually, as the passage says, singing to our God. In the deepest place of who we are, do we constantly say, "You are worthy, Jesus"?

 Adó comes up in three passages in Revelation:

"And they sang [adó] a new song, saying, 'Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth'" (5:9-10). 

"Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with Him 144,000 who had His name and His Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing [adó] a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth" (14:1-3).

"And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. And they sing [adó] the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, 'Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are Holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed'" (15:2-4).

Imagine the awe hearing the song of the 144,000 to our Holy, Victorious God! All the Grammy awarded songs in the history of music could not be nearly as glorious.

I love that two of the verses (Rev. 5:9, 14:3) mention a new song being sung unto our God. It seems that further victories and triumphs produce new avenues of exultation to Him; previously written stanzas cannot fully describe the new things He has done, and they beg for Him to be praised once again!

Luke 19 comes to mind, where Jesus rode in triumph into Jerusalem:

"And as He rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As He was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of His disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, 'Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!' And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, 'Teacher, rebuke your disciples.' He answered, 'I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out'” (vs. 36-40).

The world often looks at us funny. "Who are you singing to? There is no God!" But we know in our spirit that we are His children (Rom. 8:16), and that He is and He rewards those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6). The stones would have cried out if the disciples had been silent; when our world refuses to submit to the Word of God and rejects Christ as their Savior, yet creation worships Him.

I'm so grateful He chose to create each of us for Himself; for His worship. May our hearts magnify Him and sing to Him, wherever we go. When you wash the dishes. When you work hour after hour. When you read a great book. Let the depths of your being proclaim His worthiness.

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