In Ephesians 5:18-20 the Bible says:
be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
This is the second passage in the New Testament containing the exhortation to address one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. We looked at the other one from Colossians where Paul exhorted people to let the Word of God dwell among them leading to worship. Here Paul instead encourage people to be filled with the Spirit leading to a life of worship.
It is my deep conviction that the baptism of the Holy Spirit and being continuosly filled by the Holy Spirit will fuel a worshipping lifestyle. In Acts baptisms in the Holy Spirit were always followed with different tangible signs and one of these where that people started to praise God. A new or renewed joy in worship is a direct result of the work of the Holy Spirit in a christian’s life. The Holy Spirit is also the one revealing God as our Father, giving us assurance of salvation and drawing us into a more intimate relationship with God.
The Holy Spirit and worship mix well together and I do believe that worship should always give room for the Holy Spirit to act. In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul is teaching the church about gifts of the Spirit. The context is a wider teaching on what church life should be like when we “come together” and Paul is basically saying that whenever we meet together the Holy Spirit is there willing to distribute gifts to anyone as he wills for the benefit of the whole body.
The context is not to teach the individual christian about how to find what is my personal spiritual gift but rather that the Holy Spirit wants to pour out a wide array of gifts over different people in different times in the context of corporate worship.
Let us encourage corporate worship fueled by the Holy Spirit and open for God to act through His Spirit through whom he pleases, through one with a tongue, another gets an interpretation, prophesy from one, and a word of knowledge from another. This is worship that will build the church!
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. 1 Cor 14:26
The normal christian church life.