Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Word Filled Wednesday–A Melody of the Heart

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but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,  Ephesians 5:19

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What does it mean to be filled with the Spirit?  If a man is drinking, he is possessed by the alcohol and you can tell he is drunk. In contrast, when we stay near to God through prayer, reading God’s Word and living it out – we are filled or controlled by the Holy Spirit.  This enables us to walk wisely and be separate or different because of the fruit of the Spirit flowing our of our lives.

One way to keep our hearts full of the things of the Lord is to mediate and speak God’s Word.  The Psalms, beloved hymns and spiritual songs put joy into our hearts and when we think on them and keep them close, they are naturally the overflow of our heart and are shared with others.  Who would not be uplifted by a portion of Psalms, or blessed by the words of an ageless hymn?  My Bible notes tell that ‘meditate’ means to mumble or to speak to oneself.  May we mediate all through the day on things that keep our spiritual tank full and keep a melody in our heart!

11 comments:

  1. You are absolutely right! When I am working, I try to keep a praise song on my mind, humming it when I can without disturbing others. It does help keep my attitude right so I can respond properly when unpleasant things happen. Thanks for sharing this...I'm sure it will be an encouragement to many!

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  2. Ohhhhh yes...filling ourselves with that which is good...keeps us focused! All eyes on Him! wonderful!!
    peace,
    lori

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  3. There's nothing like being filled with the Holy Spirit and being blessed with the fruits of the Spirit. Your verse is a reminder that I should do this more often.

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  4. I think I need to sing in my heart more and complain less! Lovely post. Blessings!

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  5. I love this verse. How lucky we are that God gave us a spirit that can be so filled with his spirit and his love.

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  6. having a song in my head has helped me get through some tough days!

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  7. Blessings... and how precious the music in this heart!!! Beautiful verse and melody... spreading such wonderful JOY!!! So now since I'm filled with the Spirit, I'm speaking others in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in my heart to the Lord... no this makes my day a sweet song unto Him! Praising and singing with you Joyfully...Fantastic way to full my day!

    Peace and JOY... thanks for your sweet encouragement,
    Peggy

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  8. Great reminder. I love the photo with the heart and musical clef combined!

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  9. What a lovely verse from scripture Joy. Thanks so much for sharing it... I intend to begin some serious mumbling... :)

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  10. I love singing praises to the Lord (even though I can't sing a note). Your post made me think of the song, "there's within my heart a melody..."

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  11. As a songwriter, that is one of my most favorite verses. I love your WFW. Blessings ~

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Thank you for sharing your commment. It is a joy and blessing to hear from you and your words are appreciated.