Are We Doing the Words of Praise Songs…Or Merely Singing Them?

Consider how Ezekiel’s words are relevant for us today:

Ezekiel 33:30 “But as for you, son of man, your fellow citizens who talk about you by the walls and in the doorways of the houses, speak to one another, each to his brother, saying, ‘Come now and hear what the message is which comes forth from the LORD.’
Ezekiel 33:31 “They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain.
Ezekiel 33:32 “Behold, you are to them like a sensual song by one who has a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument; for they hear your words but they do not practice them.
Ezekiel 33:33 “So when it comes to pass–as surely it will–then they will know that a prophet has been in their midst.”

Many, if not most, of today’s praise and worship songs (and even the hymns that historically preceded them) have lyrics consistent with the truths of the word of God.  Therefore, the relevant question is not “Do we sing these words well?”  Rather, it is “Do we live these words well?”  As Jesus asked:

Luke 6:46 “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

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