Bob Kauflin has a great post on his blog Worship Matters about addressing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. He shares about a message he gave entitled “Spirit-Filled Singing”:

My first point was “Spirit-filled singing is to each other,” and based on Eph. 5:19Ephesians 5:19 [19]addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, (ESV) where Paul says we’re “addressing one another.” You’d think in a passage about singing praise to God that Paul would begin with God. He doesn’t. The first focus of our singing Paul mentions is not God, but one another. Col. 3:16Colossians 3:16 [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. (ESV) fills this idea out and says that we’re “teaching and admonishing one another.” This shows us that one of the primary aims of corporate worship is meant to be building each other up, not simply having our own personal encounter with God.

I know at my church where I’m heavily involved in the music, I tend to favor songs that have some substance to them in the lyrics. I’m not really against “simple” songs, however some (if not many) praise choruses just don’t say much of anything about God or what He has done for us, and, as a result, we don’t say very much to one another when we sing them as a congregation. Kauflin says

If the songs we’re singing are primarily subjective, and focused on how we feel, what we’re doing, or some other subjective element, we’re not going to have much to say to each other.

Read full post here.

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