Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.Ephesians 5:18b-21
One of the most essential tasks we must undertake as Christians is finding other people who want to seek the Lord intensely with us. It’s good to go to church and sit in the pews and volunteer at different events, but it’s another thing entirely to really find a place where people are encouraging each other as they read scripture, pray and recite or sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
It’s really easy to go into a church and hear complaints about the pastor, the worship and/or certain people. However one commentator, when talking about this passage, said ‘a complaining heart and the Holy Spirit just don’t go together.’
Therefore if we are being filled with the Spirit continuously results in praise and thanksgiving as we share our time and treasure with other people. If we are filling our hearts with the goodness of God, we will sing of the goodness of God in our hearts and to those around us.
But there will be days when we forget some truths we have known for years. There will be days when we are going through a hard time. That’s why we need other people encouraging us in our worship as we continue to encourage others in their worship.
We were made to be in community with other believers.
When we find friends who encourage us in our worship and thanksgiving, the amount of time we spend in the hard places will decrease and the amount of joy we start to see in our lives and in our relationship with God will increase. The increase of joy comes as our Christians friends see the good and ugly parts of our lives and they turn and praise God for His work in and through us.
If we don’t know anyone who desires to be filled with the Spirit so that they are reciting or singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to others, then maybe thats God’s call on us to spend more time with Him. And as we seek Him we can encourage others to seek Him more through our praise.
Lord, we want to seek you more intensely than we have before. We ask for a community of people to share your love with. Please empower us to address, sing, give thanks, and submit to each other out of reverence to you. You are our refuge and strength, you protect us and empower us. May we be a place where people can take refuge and be strengthend by your Spirit. In Jesus name, Amen