Ephesians 5:13-20

Ephesians 5:13-20

13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:13-20

Before we get to verses 19b-20, let us first look at verse 14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” It is important to remember before accepting Christ we are slaves to sin and dead to God. After Christ however everything changes as then we count you rselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:11).

The result takes us back to verse 13 where everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This should take us to the parable teaches about a lamp on a stand in Mark 4

He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand?
Mark 4:21

Clearly having received the light of Christ we are also to become a light. Thus the following verses which only make sense for one who has received Jesus as Lord and Savior

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18a Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.
Ephesians 5:15-17

Now we come to the heart of the matter 19b-20 Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thus we have cause for celebration and of course reason to give thanks. These verses remind me of the many times in Psalms in the KJV we read about making a joyful noise unto the Lord. My favorites are

1 O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Psalm 95:1-3

and

1 O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. 2 The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. 3 He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. 5 Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.
Psalm 98:1-5

As these two Psalms indicated along with our verses, Singing and making music to the Lord should come from our hearts. Something to keep in mind as the weekend is upon us and we will have an opportunity to praise God with Song and music from our hearts with our brothers and sisters in church. So ave a Great Weekend and remember to Go to Church.