In an earlier post, I wrote about how some Christian fellowship groups can be more detrimental than edifying.
One sign of a functional (as opposed to a dysfunctional) Christian fellowship group is when you see its members “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Ephesians 5:19a, NASB; emphasis mine).
Notice the verb “speaking“. In our modern, ‘normal’ (and if I may dare add, ‘lukewarm’) fellowships, members only sing these songs, and may be doing so out of routine, as a prelude to subsequent group activities, and not so much from the heart.
However, in Ephesians 5:19a, the apostle Paul instructs us to SPEAK to one another these songs.
This begs the question: how do you speak songs?
Well, in the second part of Ephesians 5:19, it says: “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord” (NIV)
For the carnal Christians, their hearts are filled with wordly and ungodly thoughts.
Not so for the spiritual Christian. His/her heart is so filled with worship, praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, that it overflows from the heart, and naturally comes out of the mouth, not just in song, but even in speech, as well as in prayer, “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34, KJV).
So, the issue, therefore, is all about the heart.
That said, may we then all be believers with clean hearts (Psalm 51:10; KJV), cleansed from all corruption and worldliness, and so filled with worship, praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, that we become able to edify our brothers and sisters by “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Ephesians 5:19a, NASB; emphasis mine).