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Making Melody In Your Heart

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Making Melody In Your Heart

Eph. 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

This verse is among the Paul’s final words to the church family in Ephesus. It is cloistered sweetly amid his fatherly farewell.

Paul, in a later epistle admonishes the saints of Philippi to rejoice aloud unto the Lord all the days of our life.

Phil. 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord I: and again I say, Rejoice.

Paul promoted vocal worship in the house of God. But while writing to the good folks in Ephesus, he shows a side of himself, which is most revealing. Paul evidently made a melody in his heart even in his darkest moments.

In those few words, he wrote of the importance of singing on the inside. He encouraged all of us to have a song in our heart, and if there was no song, then to make a song. Make a melody in your heart.

This encouragement came from a man who had been through the worst events that hell could manufacture. But he didn’t stop singing. When he couldn’t sing on the outside, he was doing it on the inside.

  • We knew him as a Missionary.
  • We love him as a writer.
  • We read about him as a preacher.
  • But Paul the singer?
  • Who knew?

Paul Kept Humming A Song.

2Cor. 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

2Cor. 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Paul Still Kept On Humming.

2Cor. 11:23… in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.

2Cor. 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

2Cor. 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;

2Cor. 11:26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

2Cor. 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

2Cor. 11:28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

Paul Never Stopped Humming.

No matter what he had been through, he never allowed his circumstances to shut down his inner praise machine.

The story of Paul and Silas perfectly shows how quick Paul was to make melody in his heart unto the Lord. In spite of his pain, he sang.

Even though he had been beaten, his melody maker was still working.  Even though he was falsely accused and imprisoned he had a melody going on in his heart.

  • It was that melody that caused the earth to shake.
  • It was that melody that caused all of the prisoner’s chains to come off.
  • It was that melody that opened the prison’s doors for them.
  • It’s unimaginable what can come out of having a melody in your heart.

My precious and godly parents sang a song many years ago written by Ira Stanphill. It’s words still echo inside my heart.

You Can have A Song In Your Heart In The Night

Ira Stanphill

1. You can have a melody down in your heart

When it’s aching, almost breaking

Even though the sorrow makes the teardrop start

You can have a melody down in your heart.


You can have a song in your heart in the  night,

After every trial, after every mile

Anyone can sing when the sun’s shining bright

But you need a song in your heart at night.

2. Do not let your worries drive your song away,

Though tomorrow brings its sorrow

Just remember after night time comes the day

Do not let your worries drive your song away.

3. Soon the night will pass and morning bring the day

I am longing for its dawning

Until then we’ll labour here and watch and pray

Soon the night will pass and morning bring the day.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 22, 2011 at 12:40 am

6 Responses

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  1. Thanks for such an uplifting message from God!


    May 22, 2011 at 1:11 am

    • Keep Singing my brother!

      Lark Lewis

      May 22, 2011 at 4:55 pm

  2. Thank you for that! How well I remember mom and dad singing in the home. There were always praise melodies and godly Christian music being played or sang. I cannot remember a time when they were ever down or discouraged. I’m sure they were at times, but they always praised and sang their way through their troubles. I want to be like them.

    Nila Marxer

    May 22, 2011 at 1:17 am

  3. Thank you for writing this inspiration Bro. Ballestero! It is a huge blessing.

    Dale White

    May 22, 2011 at 1:57 am

  4. I’m known for always humming. My customers wonder what is wrong if they don’t hear me humming. After an auto accident, I had to have my shoulder operated on and upon coming out of anesthesia I heard this music and the nurses said it was me humming before I was even back from the anesthesia. I just figured it was God humming through my vocal chords.

    Wyonna Smith

    May 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

  5. That song in my heart has gotten me through many a dark valley! I never really thought about that verse before in that way. How beautiful!

    Crystal Smith (Morris)

    May 24, 2011 at 1:54 am

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