THE SPIRITUAL SONG

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Being filled with the Holy Spirit guarantees there will be a melodious overflow.

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-20)

Filled with the Spirit

The verb ‘be filled’ is in the present, continuous tense, implying that we should be continuously filled with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit-filled believer will be characterized by singing to the Lord with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. The word ‘spiritual’ in the Greek is ‘PNEUMATIKOS’. It is an expression that was only used after Pentecost to signify an utterance inspired by the Holy Spirit. It does not refer to the character or classification of the song but that it is of divine origin. Its source is the Holy Spirit and the believer is the channel through which it is delivered. In other words, spiritual songs are songs that are sung by the believer by the inspiration and help of the Holy Spirit. This spontaneous song with its instant improvisation is a song of the Spirit and not the sole product of man’s composition. It is not totally controlled by the Holy Spirit nor is it totally controlled by man. It’s best understood as a working together with the Holy Spirit who is the source of inspiration to sing. The Holy Spirit wants to be the composer and conductor of the spiritual songs we offer to God in worship. It is wonderful that He not only helps us pray but to worship also. The Holy Spirit is the One who is with us, leading and guiding us, He is the One who is speaking to us, helping and comforting us, but also helping us to worship. It is possible to be born again, Spirit filled yet not aware of His presence in our lives. This will hinder our worship.

Personal Revival

The indwelling Spirit of God not only helps us worship God, but He also bears the fruit of the Spirit in our lives (Galatians 5:22-26). This effectively replaces much of our carnal nature with God’s divine nature that is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. If we walk in the spirit we will not fulfil the lusts of the flesh Galatians 5:16. Since the greatest hindrance to worship is inherent in our carnal natures, the work of the indwelling Spirit is freeing us from the works of the flesh and breaking the bondages that prohibit and restrict us. This could be referred to as a state of personal revival. You cannot worship a Holy God with an inferiority complex. You are holy not because you think so but because He has said so. God commanded us to be holy which means that we are supposed to act the way He has already made us to be (1 Peter 1:15). A holy life is not a perfect one, but like king David, knows quickly when to repent in order to maintain a lifestyle of worship.

You’re valuable in God’s eyes and He loves your company when you talk to Him, trust Him and worship Him. Our worship should be characterized by the fruit of the Holy Spirit, and will be, if we allow the Holy Spirit to minister to us, replacing our carnal nature with His fruit. As the fruit of the Spirit becomes evident in our lives and the gifts of the Spirit operate through us, Jesus will become more tangible and real to a world that does not know Him (1 Corinthians 12). A worshiping life will keep bearing fruit as a testimony to the reality and goodness of God. This confirms that the Holy Spirit wants to help us worship beyond our ability. This is exciting because it confirms the importance of praise and worship and the results they can bring. What a privilege to know that the Holy Spirit helps me worship!

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About Tom Inglis

Tom is recognised by many as an apostle of worship who carries a prophetic word that is fresh and relevant for the church today. He has travelled into many nations teaching the message of ‘worship as a lifestyle’ and is considered by many as a pioneer in this area. [Read More...]