"... speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,"
"... teaching and admonishing one another
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord" Colossians 3'16.
"I will sing with the spirit
and I will also sing with the understanding,"
1 Corinthians 14'15.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice," Philippians 4'4. For those who believe Jesus there is indeed much to rejoice about.
Saved, redeemed, immersed, filled and more. Rejoicing usually includes singing.
Believers sing! Especially so when they are gathered together. But who would sing in prison?
Well, Paul and Silas did. When these two travelling preachers found themselves imprisoned they prayed and sang to God. Who would not pray, but sing?
However, their fervent prayers and hymns sounded out in the dark prison. Everyone heard them. And so did their heavenly Father!
He shook the earth so much that the prison doors came adrift, resulting in havoc which shook the Keeper of the prison in more serious ways than one. Consequently, he and his family believed and were saved (Acts 16'16-34).
Joyous thanksgiving arises from the hearts of those who repent and receive the Lord. Being redeemed, justified, reconciled to God they harmonise with the Holy Spirit in worship.
"... because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts crying out, 'Abba, Father!'," Galatians 4'6.
"... you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, 'Abba, Father'," Romans 8'15.