The Psalmist's praise was in his heart, but it must have been vocal also, for it was such praise as is offered in the "assembly." how much there is of the Bible that does not dwell in you because you do not realize it as the Word of Christ; whole chapters that have not been linked to any gracious dealing of Christ.2. As the soft and plaintive notes floated into the sick chamber, the President turned his eyes up to Dr. Bliss, and asked, "Is that Crete" "Yes," replied the doctor; "it is Mrs. Hence St. Paul might be the more anxious that Christian singing should be sweet and graceful in a Phryglan Church. It should reach to every nook of your life.3. We must sing with grace. The Word of Christ, in order to secure continuance, must be always leaving us. The first forms of literature in every country and in great national movements are for the most part in song. Thoughts and words of men, plans of earthly ambition, pleasures of sin — away! We must sing to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19), both to God's glory and with a sense of His presence, and upon a holy remembrance of His blessings.III. Byfield.I. The epithet thus applied does not affirm that these odes were Divinely inspired, any more than the spiritual man is an inspired man (1 Corinthians 3:1; Galatians 6:1), but only that they were such as were composed by spiritual men, and moved in the sphere of spiritual things. THEY MUST BE SUNG UNTO THE LORD. And rightly is an ardent emotion required, for the action of singing declares the inward exultation of the heart. It must be sung.2. The preciousness of Christ's Word, as well as of Christ Himself, is essential to its dwelling in you. LET THE WORD OF CHRIST DWELL IN YOU.1. And this was only salvation from temporal death I But, methinks, from the bright world yonder the good Toplady must be rejoicing that God ever taught him to write that hymn, which has helped to save so many from eternal death, as, catching its spirit, they have learned to cast themselves alone for help on that dear "Rock of Ages," — cleft, sinner, for them, for you, and for me, and which ever stands rent asunder that it may shelter those who Utter the cry, "Let me hide myself in Thee. Verse 17 extends it to all of life: Everything we do should be done thankfully in the name of the Lord Jesus. Every Divine gift is bestowed for a useful purpose. Singing still, they tried, and soon with superhuman strength, laid hold of the lifeboat, upon which they were borne in safety to land. ITS UTILITY. Yet the spring is in no way exhausted. II. F. Pentecost, D. D.— A little boy came to one of our city missionaries, and holding out a dirty and well-worn bit of printed paper, said, "Please, sir, father sent me to get a clean paper like that." Some one cruelly dragged away that of his wife, leaving her without hope, except as she could cling to her husband. Therefore we are to prepare our hearts before we sing (Psalm 57:7). The songs of Christians ought not to aim at promoting dissoluteness or gain; but to be employed in celebrating the praises of the Redeemer. (1)As to outward expression — "gracefully, sweetly, so as to give pleasure and be attractive. For instruction. 12-15 on the one hand, and ver. The epithet thus applied does not affirm that these odes were Divinely inspired, any more than the spiritual man is an inspired man (1 Corinthians 3:1; Galatians 6:1), but only that they were such as were composed by spiritual men, and moved in the sphere of spiritual things. (2) But it must be as the Word of Christ. (1)As to outward expression — "gracefully, sweetly, so as to give pleasure and be attractive. We must sing with grace. Such care for singing, again, is quite of a piece with Paul's high ideal of womanly grace and beauty in youth (1 Corinthians 11:15), priestlike dignity in age (Titus 2:3), with his recognition of things "lovely" (Philippians 4:3), with his appeal to primary aesthetic instincts (1 Corinthians 11:13), with his horror of "confusion" in public worship (1 Corinthians 14:33), with the word for agrave and majestic beauty in public service expressed in that great foundation-rubric (1 Corinthians 14:40). "The Word of God abideth in you" (1 John 2:14). 12-15 on the one hand, and ver. That the Church, brought at the time when St. Paul wrote into a new and marvellous world of realities, would be rich in those we might be sure, even if no evidence existed to this effect. With gracious affability, which conveys both pleasure and utility to the hearers; so that what Horace says concerning poets may he said of these spiritual songs. Ah! Moral purity. And there is clear reference here to the written as well as the spoken Word. Sermons from Colossians How to Pray with Power (Colossians 1:9-14) A Man Called Jesus (Colossians 2:9) “One Little Word Shall Fell Him": What the Cross Meant to Satan (Colossians 2:15) Wanted: Bold Believers! He teaches you all things as said by Christ. It shows how thoughtfully he considered local circumstances, and adapted his lessons to them. We do not have that sort of psalmody now. "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly." Maclaren, D. D.)The hymnology of the ChurchJ. You are to be richly productive, fruit-bearing, in faith, in good works.5. How constantly did David find relief in expressing his hopes and fears, his joys and sorrows in song; and in the record of his experience how precious is the boon he has left for the instruction and encouragement of God's children in all ages. Corollaries:1. (Archbishop Trench. Open all the doors, fling wide the windows. All thoughts are to be ruled, all cares hallowed by it, and all enjoyments made safe and good. (1) No one's word will be precious to you unless he is precious whose word it is. For instruction. Can I forget "Let not your heart ,be troubled. Love, hope, and gratitude filled her heart as she sang the hymn commencing "Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah!" As to matter: they treat of spiritual things, relating to the glory of God and our salvation; not of secular and vain matters.II. With the song seemed to come strength; another and yet another was encouraged to renewed effort. It is to be exalted in her worship, commemorated in her sacraments, and proclaimed and defended in her pulpits. The word of one you dislike will be contemptuously rejected; the word of one who is an object of indifference will pass swiftly by you. To let the word of Christ richly dwell in us also implies that we need an abundant supply of God’s Word. Could they hold out a little longer? Singing still, they tried, and soon with superhuman strength, laid hold of the lifeboat, upon which they were borne in safety to land. ITS UTILITY. The gift of the Spirit was generally bestowed, and this would rouse the poetic faculty in all who had it, and consecrate it to sacred uses.3. He teaches you all things as said by Christ. as they sang, one after another of the exhausted ones were seen raising their heads above the overwhelming waves, joining with a last effort in the sweet, dying, pleading prayer, "Rock of Ages, cleft for me," etc. THE OUTFLOW. His name “is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. The Word is to dwell in him richly — in his tongue as its expounder; in his memory as a student; in his heart as a believer: so that when he prays he uses it, when he teaches texts come to his tongue-ends, and as he lives he illustrates it. We may dream of this mutual indwelling after some vague, sleepy fashion; but if it is to be more than a dream there must be talk between us. The literal Word of Christ is one of the most wonderful things that ever has been in the world. "All Scripture... is profitable." He looked down into the little earnest face and asked the boy where he got it, and why he wanted a clean copy. But also, as with David, our worship should be to God. L. Davies, M. To sing with the heart is to sing with the understanding (Psalm 47:7; 1 Corinthians 14:14), with sense and feeling. With gratitude. For reproof of such as delight in profane songs.(N. There is authoritative Word of Christ for us nowhere else. The first forms of literature in every country and in great national movements are for the most part in song. F. Pentecost, D. D.)Saved by a hymnCanadian BaptistOn board the ill-fated steamer Seawanhaka was one of the Fisk University singers. "Quick, open the door a little," anxiously responded the sick man. For reproof of such as delight in profane songs.(N. "Singing the gospel" is a very old invention though the name be new. Taking it from his hand the missionary found it was a bill with the hymn "Just as I am" printed upon it.. A Christian should recreate himself chiefly this way (James 5:13). )The service of songN. As an element in public worship. He not only breathed His Spirit upon men's minds that they might write its doctrines; He produced the facts which are the basis of the doctrines. RICHLY.1. We may dream of this mutual indwelling after some vague, sleepy fashion; but if it is to be more than a dream there must be talk between us. Then we must sing earnestly and awake out of our lethargy (Psalm 57:8).4. Then came the alternative that He must keep silence or die; but He went on speaking till lie said, "It is finished." With gracious affability, which conveys both pleasure and utility to the hearers; so that what Horace says concerning poets may he said of these spiritual songs. Then let me take some strong promise, adapted to the need, and drink it up as a tainting man would drink a cordial until I am refreshed. THE EXTENT OF THE POETIC ENDOWMENT IN THE PRIMITIVE CHURCHES. Won't you give us one, sir?"(G. (4) Am I sorrowing? We must sing with our hearts, not with our tongues only for ostentation. (2) How much of the Word of Christ may be missed unless He is precious. The felt preciousness of real present and living intercourse between Christ and you will cause the Word, as His, to abide in you. Such care for singing, again, is quite of a piece with Paul's high ideal of womanly grace and beauty in youth (1 Corinthians 11:15), priestlike dignity in age (Titus 2:3), with his recognition of things "lovely" (Philippians 4:3), with his appeal to primary aesthetic instincts (1 Corinthians 11:13), with his horror of "confusion" in public worship (1 Corinthians 14:33), with the word for agrave and majestic beauty in public service expressed in that great foundation-rubric (1 Corinthians 14:40). )The service of song a means of Christian edificationA. Raleigh, D. D.)Psalms and hymns and spiritual songsArchbishop Trench.I. How many Christians have crossed the river strong in the faith with the words of some precious stanza on their tongues which they learnt in the Sunday school?(J. From the frequent reference made to it (1 Corinthians 14:26). )The service of song a means of Christian edificationA. In all probability the word here and in Ephesians 5:19 refers to the inspired Psalms of the Hebrew canon, and certainly designates these on all other occasions where it is met with in the New Testament, with the doubtful exception of 1 Corinthians 14:16. The custom of singing is useful, and is to be adopted in the assembling of Christians, as well in public as in private.2. No doubt just as in many a missionary Church a hymn is found to be the best vehicle for conveying the truth, so it was in these early Churches, which were made up largely of slaves and women — both uneducated. It is fed by the drawing sun, the condensing mountains, the bountiful clouds, the wide sea. L. Davies, M. A.I. This can only be realized by the Comforter "bringing to remembrance whatsoever He hath said unto you." We do not search after worldly wealth so.3. Christ's Word is to be as the Shekinah.2. Of such evidence, however, there is abundance (Ephesians 5:14; 1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Timothy 2:11-14). The Psalms of the Old Testament have no single and universally accepted designation in the Hebrew Scriptures. Therefore farewell to all nugatory, and much more to impure songs. THE WORD OF CHRIST.1. 3. Open all the doors, fling wide the windows. They immediately sensed His majesty and at the same time realized their own frailty and sinfulness. With the song seemed to come strength; another and yet another was encouraged to renewed effort. ITS CHARACTER. (4) This may be by the Spirit being given in answer to the prayer of faith. But it becomes more so as you study it, and especially if it be of real value. And as it was quite impossible that the Church, releasing itself from the Jewish synagogue, should fall into the same mistake as some portions of the Reformed Church, we may be sure that it adopted into liturgic use, not psalms only, but also hymns, singing them to Christ as God (Pliny, Ep. (1) A rich manure is one that enriches the soil; and it dwells in the soil richly in proportion as it enriches it, turning its hard, dry sterility into fruitful mould. It is of social utility. "Poetry," said Coleridge, "has been to me its own exceeding great reward. The three conditions of sacred song are sweetness of vocal expression, fulness of inward devotion, direction to a Divine object. Paul would later write to the church in Philippi, where that incident happened, “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice!” (Phil. The early hymns were of a dogmatic character. From the frequent reference made to it (1 Corinthians 14:26). They are fruitful or barren, corrupt or chaste. George Muller, who by faith and prayer supported thousands of orphans, experienced the same solid joy in the Lord. (3) Up higher yet, where imagination lights her lamp, and invention stirs her fires, and desire bends the knee, looking upward, and hope sits watching with nothing between her and the stars.3. All thoughts are to be ruled, all cares hallowed by it, and all enjoyments made safe and good. We do not have that sort of psalmody now. If your heart is cold, confess it and turn your focus to the Lord through the words of the songs. (2) In order thus to dwell it must be mixed with faith. This requires prayerful searching, and much more than reading in haste a chapter in the morning or at night. We should teach and admonish by singing, and that —(1)ourselves, by considering the matter. And as the sweet strains floated over the troubled waters, reaching the ears of the sinking and dying, little did they know, those sweet singers of Israel, whom they comforted. THE WORD OF CHRIST.1. He has fulfilled it, explained it, inspired it, made it a living Word from first to last, that He might by His Spirit give it living and blessed applications.II. There was a special impressiveness in the use of psalms and hymns in the early Church. But it becomes more so as you study it, and especially if it be of real value. The literal Word of Christ is one of the most wonderful things that ever has been in the world. Maclaren, D. D.Whenever a great quickening of religious life comes, a great burst of Christian song comes with it. They first obtained such in the Septuagint. The Word, abundant as it is, will not come to dwell at all without consent and careful and diligent endeavour. S. Candlish, D. D.I. ITS UTILITY. Singing still, they tried, and soon with superhuman strength, laid hold of the lifeboat, upon which they were borne in safety to land. But here the Book is all His. F. Pentecost, D. D.)Saved by a hymnCanadian BaptistOn board the ill-fated steamer Seawanhaka was one of the Fisk University singers. You can be happy in God if you’ll learn to thankfully worship Him with your whole being in all of life. We do not have that sort of psalmody now. How are we, then, to distinguish these from the former two. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth, the life, the hand must speak. As the soft and plaintive notes floated into the sick chamber, the President turned his eyes up to Dr. Bliss, and asked, "Is that Crete" "Yes," replied the doctor; "it is Mrs. A large part of the Bible is poetry. We must sing to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19), both to God's glory and with a sense of His presence, and upon a holy remembrance of His blessings.III. There is many a passage in reserve. This is a part of our piety, and is a most comely thing. The Psalms of the Old Testament have no single and universally accepted designation in the Hebrew Scriptures. Let your inner life, nourished by the indwelling Word, have not ostentatious and noisy, but natural and continuous expression. To sing with the heart is to sing with the understanding (Psalm 47:7; 1 Corinthians 14:14), with sense and feeling. As Moses, David, and others under the impulse of the Holy Spirit, composed their psalms, etc., so we, whether we sing the same or others, ought to do it under the same direction (Ephesians 5:18, 19).2. As you give yourself up to the study of the sacred oracles, the mind of the Spirit becomes imparted to your own. The word of a precious friend is precious even before you know what it contains. Christ's Word is to be as the Shekinah.2. Spence, D. D.has from the first been a most important element in her holy progress and means of usefulness. This requires prayerful searching, and much more than reading in haste a chapter in the morning or at night. Without faith it may produce various effects: it may make you, like Herod, "do many things," and induce yon, like Felix, "to hear Paul gladly"; it may produce feelings of wonder, etc. They are fruitful or barren, corrupt or chaste. For personal enjoyment. You are to dwell in Christ and He in you, but communion cannot long be maintained without language. The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life, making it truly the living Word of a living Christ. We do. Poetry has exercised a powerful influence on society in all ages, for consolation, inspiration, etc.(P. "(Canadian Baptist).LinksColossians 3:16 NIVColossians 3:16 NLTColossians 3:16 ESVColossians 3:16 NASBColossians 3:16 KJVColossians 3:16 Bible AppsColossians 3:16 ParallelColossians 3:16 Biblia ParalelaColossians 3:16 Chinese BibleColossians 3:16 French BibleColossians 3:16 German BibleColossians 3:16 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)revived spiritual life.(T. The beginning of the story of the race is told that the first Adam may prepare the way for the second: then the mass of the race is forgotten, and one chosen family selected because Christ was to come out of it. "The clue to the real meaning of the passage is to bear in mind that the apostle is speaking of singing as a Church duty, a part of the Church's corporate life, a declaration of peace among her children, and a means of edification. It must be to God.But though "hymn" was a word freely adopted in the fourth century, it nowhere occurs in the early Fathers, probably because it was so steeped in heathenism, so linked with profane associations, there were so many hymns to Zeus, Hermes, Aphrodite, etc., that the early Christians shrank from it. I grew up in a traditional Bible church where everyone read their bulletins and looked out the window while we mumbled through a couple of hymns before the sermon. Let your inner life, nourished by the indwelling Word, have not ostentatious and noisy, but natural and continuous expression. And as the sweet strains floated over the troubled waters, reaching the ears of the sinking and dying, little did they know, those sweet singers of Israel, whom they comforted. Jesus told the woman at the well that God is seeking those who worship Him “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Could they hold out a little longer? The Service of Song a Means of Christian Edification, The Use of the Word for Spiritual Edification, The Marks, Method, and Motive of the Christian Life, What Particularly We are to Put On. It is sometimes called the Word of the Kingdom, because it shows the way to the kingdom of grace, that we may be partakers of the kingdom of glory; "the Word of life," because the instrument of regeneration and spiritual sustentation.5. )The service of songN. We must sing with our hearts, not with our tongues only for ostentation. For a deep feeling of anxiety on the part of a ruler in the ancient Church that sacred song should be beautiful, see the story how Ignatius brought back the melody of angels heard in vision to his Church at Antioch (Socrates, Hist. From the universality of excited feelings in the apostolic Churches. The word sometimes means this (1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 2:14). The preciousness of Christ's Word, as well as of Christ Himself, is essential to its dwelling in you. Alexander. Raleigh, D. D.I. (1) A rich manure is one that enriches the soil; and it dwells in the soil richly in proportion as it enriches it, turning its hard, dry sterility into fruitful mould. (1) Down to the deepest base of life it will go, where passions lurk, and flowing round and through them, it will purge away what is unhallowed, leaving only wholesome forces to strengthen and perfect character. (5) All sound Christian profit. Watson, B. A.There is nothing easier than to hear the Word with a general regard, and few things more difficult than to receive it as a principle of spiritual life. There are three things which determine the value of poetry.1. And as it was quite impossible that the Church, releasing itself from the Jewish synagogue, should fall into the same mistake as some portions of the Reformed Church, we may be sure that it adopted into liturgic use, not psalms only, but also hymns, singing them to Christ as God (Pliny, Ep. Then it dwells in me. That the Church, brought at the time when St. Paul wrote into a new and marvellous world of realities, would be rich in those we might be sure, even if no evidence existed to this effect. The Word is to dwell in him richly — in his tongue as its expounder; in his memory as a student; in his heart as a believer: so that when he prays he uses it, when he teaches texts come to his tongue-ends, and as he lives he illustrates it. It is to dwell. But, lo! Won't you give us one, sir?"(G. Poetical productions have a character. The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life, making it truly the living Word of a living Christ. As you give yourself up to the study of the sacred oracles, the mind of the Spirit becomes imparted to your own. It is of social utility. 16 on the other). Love, hope, and gratitude filled her heart as she sang the hymn commencing "Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah!" 2. F. Pentecost, D. D.— A little boy came to one of our city missionaries, and holding out a dirty and well-worn bit of printed paper, said, "Please, sir, father sent me to get a clean paper like that." The highest strains of the orator are poetical.2. This exhortation is connected with the exhortation out of which it springs (vers. THE WORD OF CHRIST.1. We must sing to the Lord (Ephesians 5:19), both to God's glory and with a sense of His presence, and upon a holy remembrance of His blessings. There is plenty of it to fill the wonderful house. 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