Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5 : 19
Good morning, friends. I got the following from the Internet and it does mean a lot indeed!
Once, a talented young singer sang this psalm in a melodious voice before a large audience. After the performance, there was a loud applause. The people praised the singer’s skill and clapped their hands in appreciation. Then the arrogant singer challenged the listeners to come to the stage and recite the psalm more impressively. He offered a precious prize to anyone who could surpass him in musical skill.
There was a brief silence. Then a very old man slowly moved to the front using a walking stick. He meditated for a moment and recited the same psalm from the depth of his heart, displaying deep and sincere sentiments which touched the hearts of every listener. Tears rolled down from his closed eyes and soon the audience was filled with the Holy Spirit. When he stopped the recital, the spellbound listeners spontaneously raised their hands to praise the Lord – the Good Shepherd - who was presented before them vividly by the impressive recital.
The first singer fell down at the feet of the old man, crying and apologizing for his arrogance. He declared aloud to the large gathering, “I am really sorry. I boasted that I knew the psalm and its music. But here is one who knows the Shepherd Himself.”
I would like you to listen to 'Praise looks good on you' song from Don Moen's 'God is good' album. It speaks a lot about how God sees the worship. It is such a good song which carries an awesome essence. I'm giving some of the lines from it below.
You bring your sacrifices and you offer up your praise
You lift your voice with singing, but your heart seems far away.
More than a sacrifice, I'm looking for your heart
Holy and acceptable and pleasing in my sight
So offer up your life, holy and acceptable,
A willing sacrifice, precious in My sight
But in all that you do, remember all I want is you.
We may make eloquent sermons and recite melodious music about the Word of God. But they are meaningless if we do not personally know and experience the loving Lord who composed those words for the world. There are different forms of music. But what makes it melodious is the simple hymn in a humble heart. Words overflowing from a heart filled with the love of God have the power to transform even hardened hearts.