Pray that the saints would see the importance of singing the hymns with the release of their spirit for the overflow of life and spirit in the meetings (Eph. 5:18b-19; John 6:63; 1 Cor. 14:15b; Hymns, #1141, ss. 1, 4).
Eph. 5:18b-19—Be filled in spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and psalming with your heart to the Lord.
John 6:63—It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
1 Cor. 14:15b—I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing also with the mind.
Hymns, #1141, ss. 1, 4:
We will sing to the Lord with our spirit,
We will sing to the Lord from within,
We will sing Hallelujah to Jesus,
And be blent into oneness with Him.
Hallelujah for life in the Spirit,
Hallelujah for newness within.
When we turn from our mind to our spirit,
We enjoy all the riches of Him.
Among us we need some who not only know the truth but who can also compose and sing hymns. If we desire to work for the Lord, we need to study and speak the Lord’s word. To speak for the Lord, we must first know the Lord’s word; that is, we must know the truth. Next, our spirit must be a strong, praying spirit, and we need to practice praying unceasingly. Third, we must develop our speaking ability. Fourth, we must also be able to sing. Both Ephesians 5 and Colossians 3 tell us that God’s word is not only for us to speak to others but also for us to sing to others (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). In the past singing has been our weakest area. I hope that from now on singing would be more prevailing both in the small group meetings and in the big meetings.
Of course, some are born without a talent for singing. However, in our singing we should not focus on how beautiful the music is but on the release of our spirit. There are many of us who can sing well and who have been trained in vocal music. However, when we sing in the meetings, instead of paying too much attention to the music and the sound of others’ voices, we should pay attention to life and spirit. The singing of the hymns should be an overflow of life and spirit. If we touch life and spirit in our enjoyment of the Lord, spontaneously we will be filled with singing. Sometimes during a meeting a saint will choose a hymn from the hymnal and ask everyone to sing it in order to fill up the time. This makes our singing regulated and formal. Instead, we should enjoy the Lord to such an extent that we spontaneously overflow with singing. (CWWL, 1985, vol. 5, “Vessels Useful to the Lord,” ch. 1, pp. 7-8)
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