In my article last month, I quoted from Ephesians 5:
“… but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
One of the phrases that continues to stick with me during this time of separation is “in your hearts.” When we cannot physically sing together, we can (and should) allow the Spirit to sing in and through us. As we do this, our favorite hymns and songs become more than melodies; they are transformed into warmth and comfort for our souls.
In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul encourages a life lived in the Spirit:
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)
I believe the Holy Spirit can intercede in our shared singing as well. While we may not hear a sanctuary filled with harmony, we can rest assured that when we sing to God, our Spirit-filled melodies are producing a heavenly chorus like never before! May the peace of Christ be with you.