The Word of Christ – Colossians 3:16

Colossians 3:16 – 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.

I am a self-professed band geek.  I was in the school band from 6th grade through high school.   Most of my best friends were in the band, and I met my wonderful wife in the band.  You could say I have a soft spot for band programs and music in general.  Music is a gift from God.

On the eve or His passionate sacrifice, our Lord ministered to His closest disciples.  He humbly established the ordinance of Communion while commemorating the last true Passover.  “And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives” (Matthew 26:30).  In the dark time before His persecution, our Sovereign Lord sang a hymn with His disciples.

On another occasion, Paul and Silas were preaching and ministering in Phillipi.  However, the truth of the Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit that cured a woman of possession angered the wicked people of this major city.  “And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.  And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:  Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.  And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them” (Acts 16:22-25).

In these among many other occasions, music was used to praise the Lord and comfort the soul.   Music has been used to celebrate and praise.  It also helps us to remember things.  This is one of the reasons that companies use music in their advertising.  The Apostle Paul encourages us to use “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” to encourage one another to learn and apply the Word of Christ.  Let the music in your life praise the Lord and enrich your spirit.

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