Basil of Caesarea on singing psalms with a clean heart

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‘Sing to the Lord, O ye his saints.’ Not if someone utters the words of the psalm with his mouth, does that one sing to the Lord; but, all who send up the psalmody from a clean heart, and who are holy, maintaining righteousness toward God, these are able to sing to God, harmoniously guided by the spiritual rhythms.

How many stand there, coming from fornication? How many from theft? How many concealing in their hearts deceit? How many lying? They think they are singing, although, in truth they are not singing. For, the Scripture invites the saint to the singing of psalms. ‘A bad tree cannot bear good fruit.’ nor a bad heart utter words of life. Therefore, ‘make the tree good and its fruits good.’ Cleanse your hearts, in order that you may bear fruit in the spirit and may be able, after becoming saints, to sing psalms intelligently to the Lord.

For the reference, see Basil of Caesarea on singing psalms with a clean heart.
 
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