Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 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. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:15-17)
My husband and I appear to own many things which are battery operated and use rechargeable batteries. It would seem that at any time in our house there is something being charged. My day always starts by putting my mobile phone on charge so that I won’t miss any messages that might be sent to it during the day. My PC and my tablet both need to be charged in order for them to be used as they are designed to be. Even my toothbrush has to go on charge regularly so that it can operate correctly.
I know when things around the house need charging because I get warning signs that batteries are running low. Some things bleep at me or a message pops up, while others like my toothbrush flash a red light to let me know that if I fail to charge the battery it will stop working.
We too need to be recharged by God. Unfortunately we don’t have bleeps or red flashing lights to tell us that we are running low on our batteries, but if we want to hear our messages from God and to live our lives the way that God intended, then we need to keep ourselves charged through his Holy Spirit. We need to regularly pray, to read our bibles and according to Colossians we need to sing! We need to sing psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. It has been shown that singing does us good, it makes us feel better. If I am feeling low, I will sing. If I feel I can’t sing, I will listen to songs, or I will read the words of songs or psalms, often out loud, and through this I get my batteries recharged. It is not just the act of singing, but the words that are sung and our attitude while singing, as Colossians goes on to say we need to be singing to God with gratitude in our hearts. It doesn’t say anything about how tuneful we need to be, that is not important, just that it comes from the heart.
It is not always easy to sing, but through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit we can be reminded of the truths we find in the bible and through the Spirit of God we can be recharged to be the people that God wants us to be.
Thank you Lord for the gift of song, for the power of singing to lift us up and for the psalms, hymns and spiritual songs that remind us of you and refresh us through your Spirit.
How can I keep from singing (Audrey Assad)