Pray and sing with the mind and spirit (1 Cor. 14:15)

“What am I to do?

I will pray

With the spirit.

I will pray

With the mind also.

I will sing

With the spirit.

I will sing

With the mind also.”

τί οὖν ἐστιν; προσεύξομαι τῷ πνεύματι, προσεύξομαι δὲ καὶ τῷ νοΐ· ψαλῶ τῷ πνεύματι, ψαλῶ δὲ καὶ τῷ νοΐ.

Paul asked “What am I to do (τί οὖν ἐστιν)?”  As per usual, he answered his own question.  “I will pray (προσεύξομαι) with the spirit (τῷ πνεύματι).  I will pray (προσεύξομαι) with the mind also (δὲ καὶ τῷ νοΐ).  I will sing (ψαλῶ) with the spirit (τῷ πνεύματι).  I will sing (ψαλῶ) with the mind also (δὲ καὶ τῷ νοΐ).” Only the Pauline letters used this word ψαλῶ, that means to pull, twitch, twang, play, sing, or sing psalms.  Paul asked this question when he knew what the answer was.  He would pray with the spirit and with the mind or intelligence also.  It was not a mere ecstatic experience.  At the same time, Paul added that he also sang psalms with the spiritual ecstatic experience as well as his mind or intelligence.  Paul indicated that prayer was not merely emotional or spiritual but also had a rational or meaningful element.  Both praying and singing psalms contained both the emotional and intellectual features.  This was not the case of either/or but rather both components of emotional and rational combined in prayer and singing psalms.  What kind of prayer and singing are you involved with?

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