Sing the truth into your heart

The word “minister” isn’t just a noun—it’s a verb. To “minister” to someone is to serve someone, or to care for someone, especially in a spiritual context.

In the past month I’ve heard people say that someone “ministered” to them through a friendly conversation. Another person felt that someone “ministered” to them when they prayed for them after a worship service.

In a similar way, music can “minister” to you. It can feed your faith and help it flourish. Maybe that’s partly why Paul says in Colossians 3:16 to “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit…”

Behind a lyric or melody is a person; and behind the instruments are people; and behind a radio dial, digital download or CD are people… who may very well be ministering to your spirit.

I say this because Easter is an important time. In fact, trying to think it all through can be overwhelming. Processing your own emotions can be overwhelming too. So take a deep breath, and let the great hymns and praise songs of Easter minister to you.

“In Christ alone, my hope is found…”
“Were you there when they crucified my Lord…”
“Shine, Jesus, Shine…”
“Je-sus Christ is risen today! Hallelujah…” 

Many centuries ago, the great church father Augustine said, “We sing the truth into our hearts.”

How true that is! Let the music of Easter minister to your soul.

By Matthew Ruttan

  • If you’re close to Barrie and don’t have a church home, you’re invited to Westminster! Here’s what you can expect on Easter morning.
  • From a Magical Bunny to a Bloody Cross — 6 Common Q & A’s about Easter. In this week’s blog I respond to 6 questions I get asked about Easter at this time of year. Here it is. Enjoy!
  • My Good Friday podcast was called “The Surprising Generous Exchange.” In it I talk about a misconception about how people are made right with God (“saved”). Hint: It’s not about how much of a “good person” you are. You can listen to the 18-minute message here.
  • “Up!” is published 5 mornings a week (Tuesday to Saturday) and returns on April 3rd.

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