Biblical Reflections: Colossians 3:16

Colossians 3:16 – 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.

Poetry and music have in common a sense of rhythm. Something almost magical happens in the mind under the sound of music. It can calm or inflame. It can inspire happiness or melancholy with equal effectiveness.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about music is that we can remember complex patterns and texts when they are associated with the rhythm and meter of music. In ancient times, much knowledge was passed from one generation to another by word of mouth, and before writing was common, music was a prevalent mnemonic device. After writing became wide spread, music was still used to aid memory because of its effectiveness. Paul even told the Colossians to teach and uplift one another with song. We still see this method in action every time we sing a favorite hymn.

Music is a gracious gift from God. Like many of God’s gifts, it is often used in error and for sinful purposes. With joy we can sing God’s praises and lift up our brethren at the same time. Sadly, music can also inadvertently tear down and confuse the Truth. Instead I pray that you and I will keep that which is committed to our trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings so common today (1 Timothy 6:20).

O come, let us sing unto the Lord : let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. (Psalm 95:1)

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