Christian rock: Glorifying or the Devil's Handiwork? Part 2-Songs and Instruments
If you are just joining us, you may want to start with the introduction over here: http://heldbythefather.blogspot.com/2010/05/christian-rock-glorifying-or-devils.html
Let's look today at some of the most common verses that teach what to sing:
Ephesians 5:15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
I always start off by looking up the key words in my Strong's Concordance for the KJV.
Psalms is #5568-psalmos-psalm, hymn of praise
Hymns is #5215-hymnos-hymn, song of praise
Spiritual is #4152-pneumatikos-spiritual, pertaining to the Spirit
Songs is #5603-ode-song
Somehow, that wasn't as helpful as I was hoping it would be...lol! But maybe my problem is that I am making this much more difficult than it needs to be. In two places, I am told to sing hymns of praise and songs that are spiritual. Sing them in public and private. And BE THANKFUL.
Next, I usually check to see what John MacArthur says. I have his study Bible and I love to get his opinion on things.