And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (Eph 5:18-19 NKJ)
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. (Col 3:16 NKJ)
The song by Stephen Hurd sings, “Zion is calling me to a higher place of praise to stand upon the mountain and to magnify his name. To tell all the people of every nation that he reigns. Zion is calling me to a higher place of praise.”
Should we use the brown hymnal or the red or the blue? Paul tells us that there’s a song that only the redeemed can sing, the songs of Zion. They’re not from any hymnal, but from the overflow of the heart. They break forth in spontaneous worship when God’s people come together to worship Him. Isaiah says, “11 So the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (Isa 51:11 NKJ)
Such a song can be sung in the natural tongue but more often than not it comes in an unknown tongue as a corporate crescendo of praise. John in Revelation speaks of hearing, “the voice (singular) of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands.” (plural), (Rev 5:11 NKJ) Our praise now is a practice for eternity.