Holy Spirit

 

 

2. I have noticed that many believers sing songs to the Holy Spirit; is what they do biblical?

 

 

No, it isn’t, for there is not a single passage in the Bible, I say it again, not a single one, which says that someone sang to the Holy Spirit. In other words, in the Bible there are no songs or part of songs addressed to the Holy Spirit. There are songs which were sang BY the Holy Spirit (that is to say, men and women sang songs to God by the Holy Spirit), but not TO the Holy Spirit.

Many of the Psalms were written by David (Israel’s beloved singer), who spoke by the Holy Spirit, as it is written (the following words were spoken by Jesus Christ): “For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: The LORD said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool” (Mark 12:36 - NKJV) and again (the following words were spoken by the apostle Peter before the day of Pentecost): “Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick [or office] let another take” (Acts 1:16-20). The words of David quoted by Jesus are written in the Psalm number 110, while the words of David quoted by the apostle Peter are written in the Psalms number 69 and 109. I would like to point out to you that in these two Psalms (69 and 109) the Holy Spirit through David spoke these other words as well: “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:30 - NKJV), “I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yes, I will praise Him among the multitude” (Psalm 109:30 - NKJV). Furthermore, in Psalm 95 we read: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts” (Psalm 95:8 - NIV), and according to the author of the epistle to the Hebrews these words also were spoken by the Holy Spirit, as it is written: “So, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 3:7-8 – NIV), but in the same Psalm we read these words also: “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! …. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms” (Psalm 95:1,2 - NKJV). I have quoted all these Bible passages in order to show you that those who wrote the Psalms, spoke those words by the Holy Spirit, and the songs and the hymns they sang were addressed to God through the Holy Spirit. They never sang by the Spirit to the Holy Spirit, even though they believed in the Deity of the Spirit and they accepted the manifestation of the Spirit.

The book of Psalms is an hymnal free of error of any kind and I am convinced that if among one hundred and fifty psalms written by men who prayed and sang to God by the Holy Spirit not one of them is addressed to the Spirit, no one has the right to write songs which are addressed to the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit, He preached by the Holy Spirit, He taught by the Holy Spirit, He cast out demons by the Holy Spirit, He healed the sick by the Holy Spirit, He raised the dead by the Holy Spirit, yet He did not praise the Holy Spirit but His Father, as it is written: “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight” (Matthew 11:25-26). The Son of God who came down from heaven, left us an example in everything, let us imitate Him.

After the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church at Pentecost, neither the apostles nor the disciples sang to the Holy Spirit, yet they were full of the Holy Spirit and knew the Spirit. It is written: “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God …. “ (Acts 2:46-47), that’s what happened after the day of Pentecost in the early Church!

Now, let us see if in heaven there is somebody who sings to the Holy Spirit. One day, the apostle John was in the Spirit and was caught up to heaven where he saw the throne of God, and the angels of God, the twenty four elders, and the four living creatures around the throne of God. He saw also those who had been victorious over the beast and his image. Here is what he says: “And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:2-11), and again: “And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth." Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" (Revelation 5:8-12 - NIV), and again: “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest” (Revelation 15:2-4). All these Scriptures show us that John did not see nor hear anybody singing to the Holy Spirit, and let it be known to you that when we are in heaven we will not sing to the Holy Spirit, because in heaven we will praise God and the Lamb of God.

I conclude by putting this question to those brothers who sing to the Holy Spirit. ‘If someone asks you, ‘Can you show me from the Scriptures that what you are doing was done also by the early disciples?’ what passage of the Scripture do you quote to show him that you don’t go beyond what is written?’

 

 

 

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