Have you ever found yourself humming, whistling, or even singing a worship song or hymn you recently heard in church? Music is powerful because it is memorable. It can also be a powerful teaching tool to share God’s truth. In today’s divided world, which continues to get more and more fiery, believers can use Bible-inspired music to share the peace and hope we have in Christ.
This is not a new idea. In writing to the church at Colossae, Paul urged the believers to pass on God’s peace and to admonish one another through the music and the arts. The word “admonish” is difficult to translate directly from the original language, but most scholars translate it as counsel or instruct. Beginning in verse fifteen, Paul urges this body of believers to be characterized by peacefulness and thankfulness. These characteristics were to rule in their hearts and be present on their lips. As a result of Christ taking up a permanent residence in their lives, believers were able to “teach and admonish” one another (v. 16).
Paul makes it clear that the teaching and counseling of the church should not rest solely on the pastor’s shoulders. Every member has the responsibility to instruct and inform one another, based of course on godly wisdom. One of the main ways Paul suggests that we teach and admonish one another is through sharing music or poetry. We are to do so out of a heart of gratitude, not out of an ulterior or selfish motive. Whatever we do, especially when it comes to teaching and instructing our fellow believers, we do so humbly and in the name of Jesus (v. 17).
>> As you attend your local church this Sunday, take a moment to express your appreciation to the musicians or worship leaders. We are so thankful for those who use their musical gifts to bless and encourage us. Then, consider sharing one of your favorite psalms, hymn, or Christian songs on social media.
“Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord” (Psalm 117).