FROM THE PASTOR’S HEART
First Things First, Reverent Praise
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you 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)
Christianity is a singing religion. From ancient times to the present, singing has been a critical medium used in teaching the fundamentals of our faith. Songs are capable of fusing together the meaning and emotions contained in the lyrics; and music lends greater impact to the lyrics. Praise songs and music are hence a language that teaches truths and expresses feelings.
In the scripture verse, Paul reminded us that we should praise God with all wisdom – allowing God’s word and truth to fill the heart of every worshiper. As written in Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Therefore, each time when we praise and worship God, let’s come before Him with a heart that fears Him, and a heart that desires and is familiar with His word.
Your songs should include: “Psalms” refer to the book of Psalms in the bible as well as scriptural songs. Sing out the scripture verses and memorise them. “Hymns” transmit the faith, truth, doctrine and theology, which serve to remind believers the basis of our beliefs and be more rooted in biblical truths. “Songs from the Spirit” refer to spiritual songs composed by believers across different generations, as a response to God’s redemption and love after their own personal encounters with the Holy Spirit. These songs help us get into the heart of worship and respond to God’s love as a corporate body. We believers should remain humble and teachable, teach and admonish one another, and come before God in worship and with gratitude.
Christian songs have a wide variety of genres, but they can be divided into two broad categories – “Worship” songs and “Response” songs. “Worship” songs refer to songs that praise God’s character as well as declare His majesty, glory, wisdom, authority, faithfulness, redemption, loving kindness and justice. “Response’’ songs refer to songs that are sung in response to God’s redemption and His grace; these songs are an expression of an individual’s spiritual encounters and feelings.
At our worship services, it is important that we have a mixed selection of “psalms”, “hymns” and “songs from the Spirit”, which will help spur every believer to keep pursuing humility and spiritual growth. Through the different song genres, we will build up our worship life, we will grow spiritually, we will be more rooted in bible teachings; our lives will be based on biblical principles and are purpose driven.
Ps Rebecca Kwok