Singing and Making Melody in Your Heart

A querist wrote:
>If the phrase “singing AND making melody in your heart to the Lord” means
>both singing AND making melody” have to occur in order for an individual
>to be acceptable to God, then why doesn’t speaking to one another in
>psalms AND hymns AND spiritual songs” have to occur in order to be
>acceptable to God?

Time is necessarily involved in singing songs, but the frequency of singing each type is not specified. Therefore, the frequency of singing a specific kind of song is not bound. The grammatical structure does require that all of the three types of songs be used. However, if you are going to use them, they must be used in sequence. If you are going to use them in sequence, what is their frequency in that sequence? The time period is not specified.
You cannot logically infer that the songs must be sung in every assembly, because a single assembly is neither specified nor implied. Singing every type of song at one assembly is permitted, but not required by the statement. Since there is nothing that logically requires that every type of song be required at every service, then you cannot bind what God has not bound. If I sing two hymns this Sunday a psalm two Sundays from now and and a spiritual song 6 months from now, I have obeyed God. If not, why not? No
frequency is specified. You look at it as if the time element in these
commands refer to one service, but that is an assumption. Nothing in the context limits this to a single assembly, but is rather descriptive of our conduct in the large.

About James Johnson

Bible student for 60 years. Preacher of the gospel for over 40 years. Author of commentary on Revelation, All Power to the Lamb. Married with children. Worked in aerospace and computer engineering for over 40 years.
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