Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Ephesians 5:19

The Upward Look
    by Max D. Hutto,

“speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;” Ephesians 5:19 NASB

Through the centuries there has been much discussion about music and music styles in worship and about these three parallel music terms. They are almost interchangeable yet with slight nuances in interpretation. Psalms obviously refers to the book of Psalms but also refers to the Psalter of metered and paraphrased psalms. Hymns are often directly praising and glorifying God and are often more formal in style. Spiritual songs are more informal and often are testimonial in style. All three should be a part of worship.

Lord Jesus, I lift my voice in praise to You. May I sing songs that worship, honor, and glorify You, my God.


  October 6, 2023   -  © Copyright 2023, Max D. Hutto.

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