I Peter 2:2  "as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby"

Lessons designed to promote the first principles of the oracles of God!

"Written By: David Hicks                                   New King James Version

Lesson 10: "SINGING"


There are few subjects concerning worship that bring up such controversy as much as singing verses instrumental music. Because there is so much that has been tainted in this discussion, we need to go back and establish what God actually wants. In addition, we must remember that worship is from us to God and must be pleasing to Him!


John 4:23-24 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”


First, the Lord is speaking of a coming time (“the hour is coming”), so we know then that He is speaking of a time after the present order of worship to God is no longer in affect (the Old Law system). The fact that He says “hour”, shows that it is near. He is making known the time when Messianic rule begins and the kingdom worship begins.

Second, the Lord teaches that location is no longer going to be a factor in the worship of God.

Third, the Lord teaches that during this coming hour, worship to God will be in spirit and truth.


Although this statement was written in Greek, the English word that we use for the Greek, ‘ Proskuneo ' which means to pay homage or reverence (worship); comes from the root word “Worth-ship”. This root word denotes a worthiness of special honor. This is the very concept of worship; to pay homage, reverence, and to honor God because of His worthiness.


The concept of worship as the Lord would describe to this woman is directional! He is seeking such to worship Him! It is from us to God that worship is offered. This is a lost concept in the Christian world today. The common practice of today is to go to worship strictly for “what's in it for me!!!”


In our text, Jesus describes that “true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth”! By this statement, Jesus indicates that there is a difference between worshipers. He taught this same thing in the Sermon on the Mount, note:

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”


Since worship is to pay homage and reverence to a worthy source and true worshipers do this in spirit and truth, we learn some very valuable lessons.

First, is that God is looking only for those who worship Him His way, or according to what pleases Him and not us!

Did that really sink in? How many times do we hear or even say, “I like to go to this church because ‘I' like this, or ‘I' like that”.

This statement by the Lord is what it means to worship Him in truth, or as Jesus said, “ he who does the will of My Father in heaven ”. Genuine worship is only genuine if it is according to what God has revealed as acceptable to Him!

Second, is that God wants us to worship Him in spirit. The translators have this correct! It is not capitalized because it is talking about our spirit. How do we worship God in our spirit? Did you ever consider that late at night, when you are by yourself, and you pray without saying a word, knowing that God knows everything you are saying, that you are actually practicing communicating with God in the spirit. This is what Jesus is speaking of; the inward disposition, emotion, and realization that you are presenting yourself to your God. Hoping, in all hope, that you are pleasing Him!

Third, is that Jesus said those who worship God “ must ” worship Him this way. This indicates that it is not up for discussion or negotiation, but is absolutely necessary!


All this to say that worship is established by revelation of scripture and in order to be acceptable to God, it must be practiced as He has indicated. This would be emphasized by the Apostle Paul, note:

Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”


Now, let's consider what we have learned in application to our worship services. Particularly in singing!


Remember, in spirit and truth!

So, what has God revealed concerning what He wants and what pleases Him?

Ephesians 5:19-20 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”

Colossians 3:16-17 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”


First, the Apostle Paul, being a Jew of Jews (Philippians 3:5), knew exactly what the word “psalms” meant (noun). That is why he used the specific action word, “singing” (verb) to describe how Christians were to practice using psalms.

These instructions provide truth, so that we can genuinely worship God in this grace, His way!

Second, the only instrument we are to use is our hearts. Not the blood pumps within our chests, but our minds after the same fashion as we use it when we pray. We express our joy, when we sing songs about salvation in Christ Jesus. We express or sorrow while singing the songs about the suffering of the Christ of God on our behalf, etc… This is how we worship God in spirit, in this grace.

Third, we also learn that in this instruction, like all instruction to Christians, it is universally applicable. That is, every single Christian can worship God in this fashion, as everyone can create melody in their hearts. God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:3; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25). Everyone can present themselves as holy sacrifices to God in this fashion, universally!

Fourth, we also see that there is the obligation of each of to teach (instruct) and admonish (encourage, even to charge to do our duties) each other in the process.


Remember, we are seeking to become living sacrifices, holy (set apart), acceptable to God. That means that we are not seeking what we like when we worship, but simply what pleases God. This means in many cases that we definitely have to transform our minds!


So, when we are singing and the words of these hymns and spiritual songs are leaving our lips, let's make sure that the melody of our hearts are heard by God and come before Him as a sweat smelling aroma!