Twice in the New Testament, the Apostle Paul admonishes the Church to speak to one another “in songs, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph 5:19). In the book of Colossians he says:
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
I love hymns. Traditional and modern hymns alike have a unique way of magnifying the glory of God, reflecting on the full experience of the believer – often embracing the hope that we have at the point of death – and express a deep commitment to Truth and the Gospel. The Psalms of the Bible and the spiritual songs of today also carry encouraging power. I often enjoy singing at the top of my lungs the truths contained therein and to meditate on the depths expressed through the convictions and passions of the authors!