Colossians 3:16Amplified Bible
16 Let the [spoken] word of Christ have its home within you [dwelling in your heart and mind—permeating every aspect of your being] as you teach [spiritual things] and admonish and train one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.
Something spectacular happens when the saints gather to encourage, sing songs and strengthen one another in the Word of God.
This is how we are equipped to live, love, move and minister in the world; shining the maximum measure of God’s message to all we encounter, by the recollection, refreshment the Holy Spirit brings when believers are together.
This is what our focus should be.
First, we are to be immersed in the Word of God. Paul said, ‘to let the word of Christ dwell richly.’
We should let it saturate us until it overflows, and we are able to teach it with all wisdom.
This is exactly what Paul instructed Timothy,
“Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth” (II Timothy 2:15 AMP).
If you dwell richly in the Scriptures, then that is exactly what will richness and prosperity will be revealed through your life, and by the measure of richness it receives it will be measurably, exponentially transformed by the living Word.
Amazingly, as we each progress in this spiritual discipline then the next step happens involuntary.
Worship—singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs as well as gratitude and thankfulness overflows from the heart.
Without fail, as I dig into the Scriptures praying, researching, studying those commentaries to bring you these devotional messages, each morning my heart was made full, and my spirit was “quickened”, and worship naturally flowed.
Sometimes it came in the form of solemn hymns or upbeat music or praying, many times it was a smile of gratitude to God for the daily truth I learned, but whatever the form, it came from a heart truly responding to Word of Christ.
The Word of Christ
“It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption” (I Corinthians 1:30).
The Lord Jesus was meek and lowly, full of compassion and great mercy – and the gracious words that fell from His lips were life and health and healing.
We are exhorted to let His Word dwell in us richly, both His spoken and written Word, for they produce in us an abundance of life and the spirit of true wisdom.
The Holy Spirit has made His dwelling place in our hearts, and He teaches us, He jars our memories, leads us in all truth:
“You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true, it is not a lie.”
What an amazing blessing to have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, teaching us, interceding for us, leading us.
And He has taught us to abide in Christ, to remain in fellowship with Christ, to live as Christ would have us live, in constant union with Him.
We should meditate and drink deeply on the Word of Christ, for His words bring light and joy to the spirit, indescribable, undeniable richness of life to our souls.
We should take the richness of His speech and the true jewels which encrust the glorious messages of salvation and shower them down in blessed teachings and wise counsel over the heads of those that are His kingdom of priests, His royal nation, a people set apart for the Lord to serve Him and to worship Him in time and through eternity.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus rejoices over His children with singing, proclaiming His unconditional love towards us while pouring out His eternal heavenly grace over all that believe on His name.
Should we not let His Word dwell in us richly in humble thanksgiving and holy and humbled reverence as we blend our voices with heavenly choirs of angels?
Should we not sing psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs with eternal gratitude in our enriched, inspired hearts to our great and gracious God?
Jesus Christ is the Wisdom of God; He is God revealed (Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 1:3).
This is why we are covenanted, instructed to let the Word of Christ dwell richly because in Him “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (vs 2:3).
Today, I join with the Apostle Paul in studying Scriptures, praying this for you; singing hymns from deep within my deeply enriched and deeply inspired soul,
I ask, “God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (vs 1:9b).
May you know Savior Christ, letting His truth dwell in you.
May you overflow into worship, gratitude from hearts filled of Jesus Christ.
To Him be all glory and might and majesty and dominion and praise and power for ever and ever! Amen.
In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,
Let us now Pray,
God of truth, sometimes I not sure if I’m actually hearing your voice, or if it’s just my own wandering thoughts or even another spirit. Sharpen my spiritual hearing, Lord, so I can recognize your words when you are speaking to me. Help me know it’s really all about you, with no doubt or second-guessing. When I’m asking for your guidance in important decisions, give me your peace that surpasses understanding with your answer. Help me remember that your words to me will never go against your written message in the Bible. Give me a clear mind and push out all my confusion. Amen!