“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)
It may be odd that the apostle Paul contrasts being drunk with wine to being filled with the Spirit. Perhaps one of the similarities between them is for seeking joy and comfort. In days of stress or gloom, people may have a drink to soothe or forget about their problems. However, it can be harmful when we are dependent on alcohol for our inner peace. Drunkenness leads to ruin. As believers in the living God, we can find joy, peace, and comfort by being filled with the Spirit.
On the Day of Pentecost, the believers who were filled with the Holy Spirit were wrongly accused by others of being drunk with wine. The coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost was the fulfillment of the promise of Jesus Christ. On the last day of the feast, Jesus invited those who thirsted to come to Him and drink. He said that for those who believe in Him “out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit (John 7:37-39). Rather than being drunk with wine and being under its influence, Christians should be filled with the Holy Spirit and find satisfaction under His influence.
In contrast to wine, living water is refreshing and we can drink it day and night. It cleanses our minds and draws us close to our Lord. It satisfies our thirst of knowing God. When sorrow strikes, it wipes away our tears. Oh, how much joy, peace, and blessing that we can receive by having deep communion with Him through the Holy Spirit in our prayers!
Be joyful – singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. When we are filled with the Spirit, then psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs are the natural expression of our hearts. We sing praises to glorify God and to express our joy and adoration. Both prayers in the Spirit and singing praises to the Lord are wonderful ways of worshiping Him and bring us great joy.