Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Monday, July 20, 2020

Theme: THE ESSENCE OF WORSHIP

Text: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:18,19.

Comment: Music is the combining of voices and instruments to produce harmonious and melodious sounds.  Music is pleasant to the ear and where the wordings are spiritual,  it uplifts and soothes the mind.  The case of King Saul who got relief through music readily comes to mind.  As it is written: “And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God (that is allowed by God) was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand.  So Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him”. (1 Samuel 16:14-23) Music was used in ancient times to conquer enemies (Judges 7:1-25) and to praise God (Exodus 15:1-21).  This power of music is still potent today if used with faith in God.  The type of music that does not elevate the mind, purify the thoughts, strengthen the heart and gives one joy, as in so many songs that glorify carnality, are a drag to the Christian endeavour. Hence Christians are encouraged to sing spiritual songs always as stated in the text, thereby expressing the joy of the spirit built on faith in Jehovah’s goodness. “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5:19, 20.

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