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“Spiritual Songs” and our Corporate Worship: Some Thoughts on Ephesians 5:18-21

March 3, 2017 | by: Sam Storms| 2 Comments

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Sam Storms

Mar 3, 2017

Matt, being "orderly and peaceful" is perfectly compatible with "spontaneity". Why should one assume that if something is spontaneous it must be "chaotic"? Paul said in 1 Cor. 14 that a "revelation" may come spontaneously to someone seated in a meeting, but nowhere does he suggest this is chaotic or out of order. I affirm both the value of what is planned and the value of what is unplanned. You say, "I'm not sure why we see the Spirit always being connected with the spontaneous." I don't "always" connect the Spirit with spontaneity. In fact, in Eph. 5.18-20 there is both what is planned or prepared in advance, "hymns and psalms" and what is unplanned and spontaneous, "spiritual songs". All are the work of the Spirit.

Matt

Mar 3, 2017

Appreciate your ministry Sam. Have been very helped by it in many areas.

This article strikes me with a question. It seems to the work of the Spirit is one of order and peace (see 1 Corinthians 14:29-33, 40) not chaos and spontaneity. Consider the way the Psalmists wrote their Psalms- with thought and contemplation. Many even making acrostics with the words they wrote (Psalms 9, 10, 25, 34, 37, 111, 112, 119 and 145).

I'm not sure why we see the Spirit always being connected with the spontaneous, especially within corporate worship.

Any clarifying thoughts on this, brother?

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