Speaking to Yourselves

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord…
Greek Scriptures [Ephesians 5:19 KJV]

A favorite hymn of my Aunt Mattie

“Jesus Hold My Hand” led by Bro. Oates (Lyrics from Psalm 10)
Uploaded on Nov 15, 2008 – pkteemax [20,758+]
Recorded at 3rd Sunday singing Bro.Benjamin Oates is from the Mount Vernon Church of Christ, a congregation in New York City [here’s a link for another version, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFnBldhDV24]

15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Greek Scriptures [Ephesians 5:15-21 KJV]

Joyful Noise

Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands…
Hebrew Scripture [Psalms 100:1 KJV]


“Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord” (Lyrics from Psalm 10)
Published on Nov 25, 2012 – shekinah lei [2,707+]


LYRICS – “Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord”
King James Bible, Psalm 100

1{A Psalm of praise.} Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Acapella version – different tune

“Make a Joyful Noise” by Kwasizabantu Choir (Lyrics from Psalm 100)
Published on Apr 20, 2016 – KwaSizabantu mission [224+]

Seek the Kingdom – KJV

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“Seek Ye First” (acapella)
Published on Mar 31, 2013 – Monte Lalli [670+]
High School Large Chorus – This performance was awarded a gold medal. Park Plaza Church of Christ; Tulsa, Oklahoma

King James translation of the Greek Scriptures transformed into a hymn. Click the graphic above to listen to the acapella version (i.e., without instrumental accompaniment). Jesus of Nazareth exhorts His listeners to focus first on spiritual matters and to trust God for fulfillment of basic material needs.

The Greek Scriptures record His own experience with choosing to be sustained by the Word of God instead of mere physical food (i.e., bread). This hymn exhorts us to follow His example and to trust God to provide the answers we seek. Click the various links below to delve deeper into the spiritual feast (i.e., “food for thought”) offered by this hymn as you contemplate metaphysical realities.


LYRICS:  Seek Ye First

Seek ye first the kingdom of God,
And His righteousness,
And all these things
shall be added unto you.
Alleluia, Alleluia.

Man shall not live by bread alone,
But by every word
That proceeds from the mouth of God,
Alleluia, Alleluia.

Ask and it shall be given unto you,
Seek and ye shall find.
Knock and the door shall be
opened unto you,
Alleluia, Alleluia!

Seekye first the kingdom of God,
And His righteousness,
And all these things
shall be added unto you.
Alleluia, Alleluia.


Matthew 6:33 KJV
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.


Matthew 4:4 KJV
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.


Matthew 7:7-8 KJV
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.


Colossians 3:1 KJV
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.