One of the most well-known phrases in the New Testament about music is that we should sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” which is found in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. We need to know what this little phrase means to properly understand these scriptures and so we can properly live them out today. So what are psalms, hymns and spiritual songs?
First of all, what Paul and the early believers understood as music was obviously conditioned by their time. Music varies from culture to culture and from era to era so for instance, when the New Testament talks about hymns it clearly does not mean what we call hymns today. Therefore, we need to understand it in historical context what they meant by music. Continue reading “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs for Today”