Making time and melody
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Ephesians 5:15-20
I want to make it clear that Paul was really good at giving advice. Sometimes what he says seems self-evident. Don't get drunk. Don't be foolish.
But the two things Paul says here that stick out for me are the things he tells us to make: the most of time and melody. I can definitely get behind that.
How well do you do with those? We live in a time when we don't seem to make the most of it. We seem always to be in a hurry. Looking for the next thing. Wishing for the work day to be over. Spending time on our iPhones rather than the people in front of us.
And now, during the pandemic, when singing in church has been put on the back-burner for many of us, Paul's admonition to sing and make melody in our hearts takes on new meaning.
What are the ways you can make the most of your time? Live in the present? And how can make music and celebrate God in your heart? That isn't to say you can't also do it with your lips, but when your lips are silenced, how does your heart sing?
Holy God, help me to sing to you a new song! Amen