Colossians 3:16 is a beautiful scripture that illustrates to all followers of Christ how to worship in the New Testament. For some people it’s easier to relate to New Testament scripture more than Old Testament. Most of the scripture that explains worship is in the Old Testament, so to see scripture like this also in the New Testament is exciting.
Colossians 3:16 says “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.”
In this verse, worship is singing and lifting up praises, playing instruments that glorify God, and that give Him thanks. The key word that I want to touch on in this verse is the word admonish. Admonish means to urge or to advise earnestly. This verse means however you teach, pray, and worship God, do it with a pure heart that is truly glorifying Him and not yourself. I feel like when Paul uses admonish he’s illustrating that personal relationship with a person and God. In worship we are urged by the Lord. God urges our hearts in worship to come closer into His presence. When we get to know Christ and start to enter into the Holy of Holies, we start to surrender the sinful ways we are used to. We proclaim either with singing or playing a song straight from our heart of how worthy he is or how much we love him or etc. The second part of the definition of admonish is to advise earnestly. Well, after being urged by The Holy Spirit and being radically changed by God, we inform God with an earnest heart of how much he means to us, how in awe of Him we are, How beautifully He reigns. I feel like Colossians 3:16 is the effect of God’s love in our lives. It’s how we should react to God in His presence. When we worship we can’t help but to be enthralled by Him. Worshipping God is just that, being enthralled and glorifying Him in a way that is pure in heart and confirmed by the Word of God.
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