From Pastor’s Desk:
Ephesians 5:19-21 (NASB) …speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.
It is interesting to me that these verses are the last of a passage which has the heading “Be imitators of God,” of which the first two verses are “…be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”
Verse 18 leads into verses 19 and 20 with “…do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.”
My thinking is that verses 19-20 are speaking about worship. In “worship service” isn’t that what we do? The word “speaking” is just that, speaking, or talking. The words psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs have to do with singing. The word for melody is psallō (psal’-lo) which is, “to twitch or twang, that is, to play on a stringed instrument (celebrate the divine worship with music and accompanying odes…”
How does that relate to being imitators of God? Verse 2 (I know, a lot of verses back and forth here) says, “…walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Unless we are walking in a place, spiritually, in which our praise and worship can reach the Throne Room of God, we can, in no way, submit an offering and sacrifice as a fragrant aroma.
For fragrance of praise and worship to fill God’s throne room it must be offered as a sweet-smelling sacrifice, submitted from a pure heart, which can only be achieved as we worship Him in spirit and truth.