Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. S peak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:18-19, NIV)
MY WIFE’S recent stroke destroyed most of her memory, but she remembers the words to so many hymns! What a joy it is to sing with her. I visit almost every day, and after reading a devotional from Power for Today, we sing several songs. Sometimes visitors stop in the hallway and listen.
This passage in Ephesians stresses the power of singing to help us cope with our problems in a way better than wine or drugs. The brain records music in a special area. So when we sing, our songs become part of us.
How thankful I am for God’s making music, and for giving us real blessings to sing about.
Hymns express our feelings to God. There are hymns for every fear, hope, and blessing.
We may be “up” or “almost on the ground,” but singing always brings a blessing. “Praise ye the LORD.”
Thank You, Father in heaven, for making me the way You did, and for giving me so many things to sing about. Thank You above all else, for the redemption in Jesus and His shepherd’s care for us. In His glorious name. Amen.
- WILLIAM E. EPLER, Union, West Virginia
A mighty Fortress is our God,