There are many times that God says significant things in passing. One of those instances is in Ephesians 5:19. Here, while speaking of a Spirit-filled life, the Bible tells us to speak to ourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and to sing and make melody in our hearts to the Lord. The point is to speak to ourselves, to sing and to make melody; but in passing, the Bible tells us something about music. The Word says psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. I want to key in on the term spiritual songs.
If God uses the term spiritual to describe songs, then there must be songs that are spiritual. Now, in the world we like to live in, you can have spiritual songs, neutral songs, and unspiritual songs. But in the world God created, the one since ruined by sin, there are only two options.Â Christians must realize that we live in a world of antithesis.Â The soonerÂ we understand this, the easier it will be to have biblical discernment. When God said he would put enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent (Genesis 3:15), he showed us what the battle of every age would be–spiritual vs. unspiritual. God vs. the Devil. Christ vs. Satan. The Christian vs. the cosmos.
This principle can be clearly applied to music. Our music is either spiritual or unspiritual. It serves Christ’s purposes or Satan’s. It loves God, or it loves the world. It worships God, or it worships the god of this world. As I develop this theme, I will explore and attempt to identify worldly music. Music that worships the things of this world. Those things are the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16).