Sounds Of Silence

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom. —Colossians 3:16

During a Sunday morning worship service, I was intrigued to see the interpreter for the deaf continue to sign during an instrumental piano offertory. After the service I asked her what she was saying during that time when no words were being spoken or sung. She said that she had signed the words to the hymn being played, and also answered questions her “audience” asked about the pianist, her style, and her training.

“Instrumental music can be a blank place in worship for the deaf,” she told me. Instead of taking a break or enjoying it alone, she thought of those who couldn’t hear and kept the worship service unbroken for them.

That experience broadened my understanding of Colossians 3:16, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.” As we allow God’s Word to fill our hearts and have free rein in our lives, we can share it with others through words of instruction, encouragement, and praise to the Lord. Imagine the impact it could have in our homes, in private conversations, and in worship together.

As you encourage others by sharing God’s Word from your heart, it will be music to their ears.

David C. McCasland

Sing praise to God who reigns above,
  The God of all creation,
  The God of power, the God of love,
  The God of our salvation.

Schutz

Let God’s Word fill your heart and guide your words.

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