• The Handmaiden of Theology Devotional

    Colossians 3:16

    Not every traditional hymn is good simply because it is old, and not every contemporary song is unfit for worship simply because it is new. There are bad traditional songs, and there are edifying contemporary songs. Our goal in worship should be to sing those songs that cause us to ponder the greatness of God, glorify Him for His salvation, and help us understand His Word. Let the songs we use for public worship and private devotion do all these things. View Resource

  • The Influence of Music Devotional

    Psalm 101:1

    Our God is a God of order, so it is no surprise that the music we use to praise Him would reflect some kind of structure. We are not always conscious of the ordering principles in the art that we enjoy, but part of the reason that we see something as beautiful is that it conforms to some kind of proportional structure. Because we are made in the image of the God of order, we cannot help but appreciate order in every art form. View Resource

  • Christ’s Word and the Believer Devotional

    Colossians 3:16-17

    Paul closes out Colossians 3:17 by reminding us to do everything in the name of Jesus. This entails not merely an action accompanied by an audible expression of “in Jesus name”; rather, to do something in His name is to act in the ways the apostle has described in verses 12–17. As we live ever-thankful lives for the love God has shown us, we will be humble, kind, patient, meek, and forgiving, and thereby act in Christ’s holy name. View Resource

  • The Sound of Worship Devotional

    Psalm 150

    Paul confesses the depth of God’s ways when concluding his explanation of Israel’s salvation (Rom. 11:33). Though we can learn much about the Lord, we also realize how little we know about Him as we plumb the depths of His Word. His nature and sovereign providence is greater than we can fathom, and we, as His image-bearers, can imitate and proclaim this glorious complexity when we sing songs that lyrically and musically celebrate His glory. View Resource

  • Theology’s Handmaiden Devotional

    Colossians 3:16

    Today’s passage affirms the importance of music in our relationship to God. As we grow in our love for our Creator and in our knowledge of Him, we should not be surprised to find ourselves breaking forth in musical praise of the Lord’s glory. When we do this, we will often find that the hymns that have stood the test of time best reflect the things we want to say about our Savior. Spend some time in worship today, singing a few traditional hymns. View Resource