Psalms == Praise?

Dad, Mom, & Daughter SigningDuring this morning’s “wing-it” Bible study (please note I didn’t say “wing nut” Bible study :-)) the last minute leader, Stan, spoke about the various parts of worship…and signing came into scope. These two verses came up as I did a search in Crossway’s English Standard Version Study Bible on my iPhone:

addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, (Ephesians 5:19-20)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God (Colossians 3:16)

What I hadn’t noticed before is how both times Paul encourages us to sing psalms he connects it to thanking the Lord. Although I think a lot of the hymns we sing are inherently thankful, I wonder if we should sign more that are outwardly so…

And I thank God if He gave me that insight. 🙂

P.S. In case you are wondering about "==" in the title…it’s "equals" in a comparison sense in the C programming language (as compared to just a "="…which sets a variable to a value).


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