On Praise and Worship Songs

Q: I would like to know your views on praise & worship. Some people believe that only through the singing of praise & worship songs you worship the Lord. What about hymns? Are they already outdated? Can we not use them to worship the Lord, as well?

A: In the book of Ephesians, we read that we are to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The tense of this verb is such that it means being continually filled with the Holy Spirit. We read,

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

Notice that in this passage, it mentions hymns. In fact, Paul mentions different genres of praise and worship music in that passage, which he separates into the following categories:

1. psalms
2. hymns
3. spiritual songs

All of these constitute worship and/or praise music. Hymns are mentioned, and so we are encouraged in this passage to worship God using hymns and really any type of music that is worshipful and praise oriented. There is no limit, as long as it is glorifying to God!

Psalm 150 is a wonderful psalm that speaks of singing praises to God. I will close with this.

Praise the LORD!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD!”

(Psalm 150)

About Daniel Parkes

Daniel Parkes has worked in fields of technology for many years and currently writes software that is used to publish websites. He graduated from McGill University in 1985 and began working in fields of technology (microwave telecommunication design) soon afterwards. In 1987, he left engineering to study theology, but became very sick. The Lord led him on a journey to discover what was making him sick, and through this has learned many valuable lessons which relate to why people may get sick. The Lord did heal him (fully). He returned to engineering in 1993 and has been working as an engineer ever since. He has authored many articles through FCET (Fellowship of Christian Engineers and Technologists) at www.fcet.org, which is mostly an online outreach which he started in 1998. There are currently more than 1000 articles on this website, written by more than 100 authors. If you are interested in making your personal testimony known through FCET, please use the contact form on that website.
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