Singing praises can be intimidating when not done very often. We may feel uncomfortable singing alone, or we may think we do not sing well enough. But the point is not to give a performance; it is simply to express our love and worship to God through song. We can be sure of one thing. Whatever effort we make in singing praise to our God will be a sweet sound to His ear!


One way to sing is “with the understanding” (1 Cor 14:15). We can sing choruses or hymns that are familiar to us. Or we can open our Bible and make up our own tune using the words of Scripture. This works especially well with the Psalms, since they were originally written as songs.

We can also sing “with the Spirit” (1 Cor 14:15), and sing “spiritual songs” (Col 3:16). Paul used the gifts of the Spirit to help him sing “new songs”. These are songs the Holy Spirit gives us. They are available to all Spirit-filled believers who will use the enablements provided by the Spirit.


“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23,24).

Ephesians 5:18,19 says, “Be filled with the Spirit…singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

Our prayer and singing may be “with the Spirit” (1 Cor 14:15). Singing and praying in the spirit has a special meaning. It means to sing and pray in a tongue or language which comes from the Holy Spirit.

The song or prayer is made up of sounds or words which have not been learned. This language is not understood by the mind of the one praying or singing. Nor is it usually understood by someone nearby who may be listening. It is, however, understood by God because it is by His Spirit. “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God…” (1 Cor 14:2 kjv).

The Apostle Paul tells us that sometimes we don’t know how to pray or what to pray for as we should (Rom 8:26,27). However, the Holy Spirit can pray to God through us with sounds or a language we don’t understand. Paul assures us that such praying is always in line with the will of God.

After praying in the spirit, we might have a better understanding of how to pray in our native or learned language.

In 1 Corinthians 14:14-16, Paul makes mention of praying “with the understanding”. This can be the interpretation of what we prayed in other tongues.

Praying in tongues is a powerful tool and gracious gift of God’s Holy Spirit. It should be an important part of our daily devotional life.

Singing in the spirit can have a similar purpose. Sometimes we just can’t put into words how much we love the Lord Jesus. Again the Holy Spirit helps us by giving sounds and songs of praise in a language we don’t understand with our minds.