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WORSHIP | Corporate Worship | Pastor Kevin

In the New Testament Paul talks very briefly about corporate worship music but gives us a template that helps us even today with the structure of the music in our worship services. In 2 different scriptures he uses the phrase sing with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. 

“Singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.” Ephesians 5:19 NLT
“Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” Colossians 3:16b NLT

Let’s break it down. 

Psalms: It was mostly David who wrote the psalms and after 1000 years for Paul and 3000 years for us we can

assume that Paul isn’t asking us to sing the literal music of the psalms as that was not recorded in the scripture. It is likely he was asking us to sing like David did without regard for his surroundings. A one on one intimate relationship with God. Singing straight to God.

Hymns: We don’t currently have access to any of the hymns that Paul would have sung. He was referring to known songs that everyone can sing. Community songs that help us connect with each other. Singing about God to the people around us. Acknowledging the community of believers we are currently in.  

Spiritual songs: These songs are special. God joins in the singing. One translation says “songs sung with the spirit”.

We get to take part in singing with God and he sings with us! This is when God is moving and the whole worship experience changes. There is healing in these moments. Beliefs begin to change and lives are touched by the Spirit of God.

Take a look at this worship set following this structure

1. Overcome    Elevation worship  (hymn)

2. Move   Jesus culture   (Psalm) 

3. Holy ground   Passion worship  (spiritual song) 

Make sure you don’t miss worship with your community!

Next time you are in corporate worship make sure you focus on what we are doing and take a moment to connect with God, the people around you, and experience the move of the Spirit.