“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”
King James Version (KJV)
5:18 Wherein is excess - That is, which leads to debauchery of every kind. But be ye filled with the Spirit - In all his graces, who gives a more noble pleasure than wine can do.
Eph 5:18 Be not drunk with wine. Wine was at that time the usual intoxicating drink. The passage forbids intoxication, which was a common vice of the time. Wherein is excess. "Riot", in the Revised Version. How true! Enjoyment is not to be sought, as the world seeks it, in wine, but rather in being "filled with the Spirit". Then your songs will not be bacchanalian.