I love playing golf with my new friend Nora. We play together in a Tuesday morning ladies golf league. Most of the women in the league are at least 50 and some in their 80s.
Nora is at least 10 years older than I and her long game shots are not as good as they once were. Watch out though when Nora gets close to the green her short game shots are daring and accurate. They are shots of a seasoned golfer. We love to play together because I can hit the long game shots well and she can hit the short game shots well. Whoever hits the best shot is the ball we play because we like our low score. Nora says, together we make one really good golfer.
This reminds me of how we are created to be worshipers. God has gifted us all with individual gifts to serve the body of Christ. We have a purpose, and we need to be living out that purpose. In the same way, we also have a collective purpose. In 2 Corinthians 5:20 the text says, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” God is calling us to be ambassadors for Christ for the purpose of reconciliation. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
We have an individual calling, but we are also called to be a kingdom of priests who proclaim the excellencies of God. We as the people of God coming together as a congregation to worship have a part to play as a part of a kingdom of priests. Paul in Ephesians 5:19 tells us we are to be, “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.” Colossians 3:16 goes on to say, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
What does this mean, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs? Psalms are from Scripture, and we are to sing from a unified place songs that are grounded in Scripture. When the Word is in our services and counsel to one another we are engaging in that which is going to produce edification in each other and the body of Christ. Hymns are written by human composition to create a ready posture to engage as a kingdom of priests. It is deciding to lift a unified song, and sound to the Lord to give Him the glory that He is worthy of. Something happens when we understand that we are not just created to fulfill our individual call we are also created to fulfill our collective purpose. We are not alone but a body of like-minded people as kingdom of priests doing what God created us to do: worship.
How do we sing spiritual songs to one another? This is the Holy Spirit on the inside of us and our spirit singing to the Lord. This is like the moment in a service when the worship leader tells everyone to lift-up their voices. It does not mean we can all sing, but it does mean the sound of the song on the inside of us is being released sounding like the sound of the roar of rushing waters. Ezekiel 43:2 describes God’s voice, “and behold, the glory of the God of Israel was coming from the way of the east. And His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory.” May our worship sound like the voice of God.
Worship moves the heart of God; may our voices of worship cause the river of God to be released. As the river of God is released may all our fears and doubts wash away with it. When we all sing together by the power of the Spirit in us may it be a sound of many waters making the earth shine with His glory. It is like Nora and I together we make one good golfer. When we sing together as a body of believers in concert with the Holy Spirit, we make one glorious worshipper. May we have a taste of Revelation 19:6, “Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty reigns.” What keeps you from releasing the spiritual song of worship in you