After opening the book of Ephesians with his trademark greeting, Paul instructs the church to praise God. Our purpose is to love God and love others. Praising God is part of loving him, just like praising my kids is part of loving them. According to the Easy English Bible Dictionary, praise is to say that somebody or something is good or great; to tell God how great and good he is. We can praise God when we are praying to him. And we can praise him when we sing to him.
The second part of verse three explains why we praise God - because he has given us every spiritual blessing. These spiritual blessings include eternal life in heaven, forgiveness of sins, a spiritual family, relationship with God, the Holy Spirit that lives in us... Can you think of some more?
Ephesians 5:19 says, Encourage each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord. Four things that came to mind when I read this verse:
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.