The Mission of Hymns Illustrated

Mar 06, 2023

Want to know the heartbeat behind Hymns Illustrated? It's 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, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (KJV)

The NIV renders the passage this way:

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. — Colossians 3:16 (NIV)

There's an aspect to this verse that I believe often gets overlooked.

Yes, we're to teach and admonish each other. We all know that. And since we're to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly first, it's not hard to grasp the meaning that the Word of God should be central to all our teaching and admonishing. 

But did you catch the second part?  We are to use psalms, hymns and spiritual songs as part of the process! 

While not all versions make the connection between the "teaching and admonishing" part of this passage and "the psalms, hymns and spiritual songs" part of this passage as clear as the NIV and KJV do, the connection is still there. Somehow hymns, psalms and spiritual songs work hand in hand with the command to teach and admonish one another.

Keep in mind also that this chapter isn't written primarily for pastors and ministry leaders. It's written to the entire church at Colossae and for us.

So let me ask you a question.

When was the last time someone other than a ministry leader taught you or encouraged you with a biblical truth from a hymn, psalm or spiritual song? 

And let me go a little further. 

When was the last time YOU taught or admonished a brother or sister in Christ using a biblical truth from a psalm, hymn and spiritual song?

Enter the mission of Hymns Illustrated.

Hymns Illustrated is here to help you become so familiar with hymns, their history and their stories that it becomes second nature for you to obey God's command to use psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to teach and admonish your brothers and sisters in the Lord. 

Hymns Illustrated Members dive deeper into hymn studies with monthly study guides, additional hymn appreciation esources (like printable greeting cards, adult coloring pages and word searches) plus a growing library of cross-referenced hymns. 



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