I am very thankful for the influence that Ron “Patch the Pirate” Hamilton has had on our children. Good Christian songs with character training, is a far cry better than the junkie music on iPods, video games, TV’s, and CD’s of today.
The Bible speaks of music as it relates to the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 5:19, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord.” It is very interesting that this follows the statement in Ephesians 5:18, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” We would be tempted to follow such a statement about Spirit-fullness with an activity such as preaching or soul winning, but the first topic that is addressed by the Holy Spirit, after His fullness is mentioned, is that of music!
Notice the three types of singing here. First, THE PSALM. There is not doubt but that the Christian should sing the Psalms. Many of them have been put to music. “In Shady Green Pastures So Rich and So Sweet, God Leads His Dear Children Along,” “Surely Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Me All the Days of My Life,” and one of the verses in t he song, “The Joy of the Lord is My Strength” would be a few examples. A music director, or for that matter, a layman, could collect all of the psalms that he can find which have been put to music. They should be used.
I have found that it is easy to make up my own tune as I sing a psalm. I just make it up as I go along.
Now also notice that HYMNS are mentioned. These are songs of praise addressed to God. Songs such as “Saviour, More Than Life to Me,” “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” etc. These also should be a part of our musical repertoire.
We also find in Ephesians 5:19 the mention of SPIRITUAL SONGS. Songs like “Blessed Assurance,” “At the Cross,” “At Calvary,” which are neither hymns nor psalms, can certainly be use with great blessing.
We have mentioned five types of songs: (1) songs that teach, (2) songs that admonish, (3) psalms, (4) hymns, (5) spiritual songs. All of these should be included as the Christian sings to himself and as we sing to one another in the services of the church.
We are also told to sing to ourselves. How about singing in the bathtub, while doing the dishes, while walking, and while working! My favorite singer is me! Your favorite singer is you!! I love to hear myself sing! You love to hear yourself sing!
When I get up in the morning, I always ask the Holy Spirit to give me a chorus or a song for the day. Choruses such as “Everything’s All Right in My Father’s House,” “Yesterday, Today, Forever,” “Let’s Talk About Jesus,” “Isn’t He Wonderful!” “Only Believe,” etc. can be in the subconscious mind throughout the day as we hum, whistle and sing.
Thank the Lord for Great Christian music. Pick out a song today.