Someone asked the elder Kenneth E. Hagin when he was at the end of his years if he had any regrets. He responded by saying he wish he had taught more on the importance of speaking and singing in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19) (Col. 3:16).
Why is this so important? Why is this so necessary?
God’s plan under the new covenant is for His people to be continually filled with the Spirit. Speaking or singing divinely inspired utterances, whether it be with your own understanding or in tongues, is the primary way we stay filled. These psalms, hymns, and songs are not rehearsed or recited from a song book, but they are given by the Spirit. The general pattern throughout the scriptures is that when believers were filled with the Holy Spirit they spoke either in tongues and/or with their own understanding.
At Pentecost in Acts 2:1-4 they were filled with the Holy Spirit and BEGAN TO SPEAK.
At Cornelius’ house in Acts 10:44-46 the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Gentiles for they heard them SPEAK with tongues and magnify God.
At Ephesus in Acts 19:1-6 when Paul laid hands on believers the Holy Ghost came on them and they SPAKE with tongues and prophesied.
Notice Eph. 5:18-19: “And do not be drunk with wine wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit, SPEAKING to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
These Ephesians were believers who had already received the initial infilling of the Holy Ghost, and Paul is reminding them to maintain that infilling. The Greek literally reads “be being filled with the Spirit” implying continual action. Paul is encouraging these Christians to maintain a continual experience of being filled with the Spirit by speaking forth in supernatural utterances. This is one form of New Testament worship. You can get so filled with the Spirit that you are drunk. What a blessing!
The way that these utterances come is usually after a time of praying in tongues and fine-tuning your spirit. For me, I will usually sense a phrase or a word or two that arises in my spirit. Then as I sense the unction of the Holy Spirit I will speak or sometimes sing out the rest of it by faith. Beyond the initial phrase or a couple of words I do not know what I am going to say. Without the anointing of the Holy Spirit I would stumble and be lost. It takes faith. When I speak what I have by faith the rest of it comes by the spirit of prophecy.
Here are some examples of Spirit-inspired psalms from my own life:
FULL AND FREE – (When you stay full, you stay free)
And so the Lord has chosen this foolish way to be the delight of those who know Him,
To uplift His children and to fill them to overflowing until the very blessing of Heaven,
Clean and clear, holy and right, be showered upon them.
And so what you’ve known as a trickle of living water shall become a cup,
And what you’ve known as a cup shall become a bucket-full,
And what you’ve known as a bucket-full shall become a stream,
Yea, even streams of living water flowing inside thee,
To reside in thee and make thee fat and flourishing,
Until those streams even become like mighty rushing rivers
Flowing strong to make you full and free,
Just the way the Lord of glory intended it to be.
For He is glory and His kingdom is glorious,
And so ought not His own children be full of His own likeness and glory?
Ought not His children be full of His own beauty and holiness?
And ought not they be free from every weight and sin?
Glowing without and full within,
Blossoming as a rose in the desert,
Ripe with life as God knows it,
Yea, this is the way to be full,
Yea, this is the way to be free,
Speaking and singing to yourself
With psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,
Making melody in your heart to the Lord.
Here is a second psalm:
CLEAN AND CLEAR – (When you stay clean, you stay clear)
A clean and clear blessing of God is available to anyone born of Him,
This blessing is a surge of power that comes down from the Father above,
From whom comes every good and perfect gift.
Yea, this is the gift with a lift,
It is sent to build up and edify your inner man, to strengthen and to charge,
And make you glad in the Lord,
To enrich your spiritual life, and to comfort you and encourage you in times of trial and test,
To bless you with the joy of the Lord, and lay thine own plans to rest.
Yea, a clean and clear blessing is available to anyone born of God,
It’s up to you to make it flow,
Stir it up and make it go.
The Bible says to stir up the gift of God that is within you (2 Tim. 1:6). As you begin to pray in tongues at length you will sense words rising up within you. Speak out what you have and you’ll step over into the spirit of prophecy. You can also sing in tongues and sing out the interpretation if you’d like. As you exercise yourself in these things you will be edified and built up in the Spirit, and you’ll begin to move up to a higher level spiritually.
More to come…stay tuned.