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Psalms, Hymns, And Spiritual Songs. RCCG Sunday School Teachers 22/05/2021


TOPIC: Psalms, Hymns And Spiritual Songs

OPENING PRAYER: Father, help me to give you quality service throughout my life. 
MEMORY VERSE: “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.” – Colossians 3:16


BIBLE PASSAGE: Psalms 33:1-8 KJV 
1 Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.
2 Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
4 For the word of the LORD is right, and all his works are done in truth.
5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.
6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together as a heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
 Our study today focuses on the use of psalms, hymns and other spiritual songs. The psalmist admonishes us to sing psalms unto the Lord.
Also, Apostle Paul admonished Christians to edify one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
One very good habit believers should cultivate is the act of singing hymns and spiritual songs. It is one of the ways by which we can lead our lives with the word of God.
TEXT REVIEW: Psalms 33:1-8
Our Bible passage for today’s lesson exposed the magnificent power of the Almighty God which necessitated the believer’s duty of praising him.
Students should identify five of such powers or abilities of God and four instruments of praise.
i. His word formed the heavens.
ii. ……………………………………………..
iii. …………………………………………….
iv. ……………………………………………..
v. ………………………………………………
Some of the instruments are:
i. Harp
ii. ………………………………………………
iii. ………………………………………………
iv. ………………………………………………


Question: What is the literal meaning of Psalms?
i. It means “song sung with a harp”. Psalms 98:5.

ii. It is singing to God with a voice. Psalms 98:5.
Question: What are the significances of Psalms or what do we use Psalms for?

i. To express the wondrous ways of God. Psalms 105:2; Psalms 33:2-5; 1 Chronicles 16:9.
ii. To express or reflect the mercies of God in the lives of people and individuals.
iii. To engage services of thanksgiving or worship to the Almighty God. James 5:13.
iv. Psalms are instruments that grant us access to the presence of God when it combines with holiness. Psalms 95:2.
Question: What are the types of Psalms?
i. Psalms of thanksgiving. Psalms 30.

ii. Psalms of praise. Psalms 117; 145:1.
iii. Prophetic psalms. Psalms 2:1-12; 16:1-11.
iv. Psalms of repentance or pertinence. Psalms 6:1-10; 25:1-22
v. Intercessory psalms. Psalms 20:1-9; 67:1-7.
vi. Psalm for the afflicted. Psalms 3:1-8; 4:1-8.
vii. Educational psalms. Psalms 1:1-6; 5:1-12.
viii. Historical psalms. Psalms 78:1-72; 105:1-45.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Students should mention the types and purpose of Psalms.

Question: What are hymns and spiritual songs?


i. They are songs, psalms, melodies, canticles and passages from the Bible rendered unto the Lord from our hearts. Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16.
ii. They are means by which believers can admonish or edify or encourage one another. Ephesians 5:19.
iii. It is a means of expressing grace from our hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16.
iv. It is an important order of service or part of service which Christ Himself took part in. Matthew 26:30.
Question: How do we come about the hymns we sing today?

Holy people of God were and are inspired by the Spirit of God to write songs on particular spiritual subjects. Psalms 42:8.
Question: What should be the habit of believers to spiritual songs?


i. They should sing spiritual songs often. Colossians 3:16.
ii. Believers should avoid secular songs which glorify the flesh and the devil.
Question: What benefits do believers stand to gain by singing spiritual songs?
Answer: It is a way of loading their lives with the word of God. Colossians 3:16.
Question: How can people understand the message of the songs?
Answer: By being born again and yielding one’s body, soul and spirit to the Lord. Romans 6:13.
CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Mention the role of spiritual songs in worship.
SUMMARY: Believers must inculcate the habit of singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs unto the Lord.
CONCLUSION: One of the ways one can maximise gains from psalms, hymns, and songs is for one to be born again and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Hymns come from divine inspiration. Therefore, one must be in the Spirit to get the best from them.
EVALUATION: What is Psalms and why are spiritual songs necessary?
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, help me to sing songs, hymns and psalms to worship you.

ASSIGNMENT: Mention five things to do to encourage believers to sing spiritual songs and psalms.



RCCG Sunday School HYMN

  1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    O how I love Thee well,
    I am happy, it makes me glad
    To rejoice at Thy birth.
  2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Thy friendship suits me well,
    Both young and old will sing Thy song,
    We long for Sunday School.
  3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Christ was Thy first teacher,
    The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
    Does manifest in thee.
  4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    This testimony is sure,
    That God, the Father Almighty,
    Poured His blessing on Thee.
  5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Though the sun be so bright,
    Or if the clouds black with rain,
    I’ll be in Sunday School.


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