Make Melody to the Lord

By Dale Luffman, Council of Twelve Apostles

…but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:18–20

Faithfulness and perseverance are given power when the Saints gather together frequently for worship as a body. They are filled with the Spirit, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. They are to do this so they might be conformed to Christ by the Spirit, infused with its nurturing, empowering presence. They are to be transformed into the likeness of Christ.

It has been said that time is redeemed in and through worship. Worship orients. Worship begins in the heart and in the ear and enters into one’s being—the core of the disciple’s life. That is why God calls the community to “make melody to the Lord in your hearts.” It is always timely to worship!

I’ve observed that worship, for the most part, is not a solitary exercise. Worship depends on the connections that one has with all the body of Christ. We experience the body of Christ [Christ with us!] when we worship as a body.

In a real sense there is no solitary disciple. We are because we are a part of a larger community of witness, both interdependent and communal. We connect with Christ and are made to be the body of Christ with our brothers and sisters.

Thanksgiving is the natural response of the worshiper. As the triune God is acknowledged by members of the community of faith gathered in Christ, life is given a certain perspective, orientation, and celebration. This leads to thanksgiving—making a melody to the Lord.

Prayer for Peace:

God with us, we long to connect with you, Christ, and the community.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Encountering Scripture as Continuing Revelation

Each day this week read and pray with the Doctrine and Covenants as continuing revelation of God’s vision for the church and creation. Choose a favorite section or focus on recent counsel in sections 156–164. Read a few selected paragraphs slowly three or four times. Pause to pray for deep understanding of meaning after the first reading.

Pray to open your heart and emotions to the text after the second reading. After the third reading, prayerfully ask to hear the particular phrase or word that speaks to you or touches your life. Stay with this word or phrase. Listen as fully and openly as you can. What sense of divine presence or invitation comes? What is revealed?

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will sing to you in my heart. Thank you for hearing my prayer-song.

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