The Songs of the Saints
by Austin Tullos
There is power in the songs of the saints. While I was dead in my sin, the light-breathing, life-creating God of the universe made and executed a plan to glorify Himself by displaying His goodness in saving us. Is there anything more to celebrate? Is there anything more to worship? Who has more to sing about? So, let’s be a Holy Spirit-filled church who ferociously celebrates the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the truth that has made us free from the law of sin and death, and alive to live for the glory of God the Father.
And because of His great mercy: “There is therefore now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 8:1
Do we believe these words to be true? When it comes to gratitude, joyfulness and gospel understanding, how do we gauge the condition of our hearts? Our song is a reflection of our hearts. If that’s true, does our song reflect a stale, distracted, disbelieving heart or a thankful, pursuing, faith-reliant heart (“The righteous shall live by faith,” Galatians 3:11)?
Now, I understand that corporate singing is not all encompassing of our “spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1), but it’s certainly a biblical gauge of our spiritual temperament. Throughout the Scriptures, we are commanded to sing time and time again, and we are instructed on why, when and how. One of those moments is in Ephesians 5:19 when Paul directs us to “address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with our hearts, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” When we sing together on any given Sunday we do three things:
- We address one another in order to remind each other of God’s faithfulness and to encourage each other towards more gospel faith.
- We sing and make melody to the Lord to ascribe Him the glory and honor only He deserves and our souls are reminded of our love for Him.
- We give thanks for everything to God the Father for all He’s done even though we don’t deserve any of His grace.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.” – Ephesians 3:20
In a world where everything seems to fall apart, the songs of the saints help us remember that only God puts things back together and He is able to do far more than what we could ever ask or think. The fellowship of the saints spurs us on to faith, good works and gratitude. Let’s sing a song that reflects a life that is worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pursuing God with a pure heart, let’s “flee from youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love and, peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart” (2 Tim 2:22). Let’s celebrate that He has won and will always win, and that the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in us (Romans 8:11). Yes, there is power in the songs of the saints. The question is, will we wield the power well?