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Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Reason to Sing


Amy Peterson: Singing changes the brain! Some studies show that when we sing, our bodies release hormones that relieve anxiety and stress.

   Other research indicates that when a group of people sings together, their heartbeats actually synchronize with each other. (Google image, Singing together)

   The Apostle Paul's writing encourages the church to speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19). And the Bible repeats, "Sing praise" more than fifty times.

   In 2 Chronicles 20, we read a story of God's people demonstrating their trust in God by singing as they marched into battle. Enemies were heading toward the people of Judah.

   Alarmed, King Jehoshaphat called everyone together. He led the community in intense prayer. They didn't eat or drink, but only prayed, "We don't know what to do, but our eyes are on you" (v.12).

   The next day, they set out. They weren't led by their fiercest warriors, but by their choir. They believed God's promise that they would be delivered without having to fight at all (v.17).

   While they sang and walked toward the conflict, their enemies fought each other! By the time God's people reached the battlefield, the fighting had ended. God saved His people as they marched by faith toward the unknown, singing His praises.

   God encourages us to praise him for good reasons. Whether or not we are marching into battle, praising God has power to change our thoughts, our hearts, and our lives.

God, we praise Your everlasting love and faithfulness!
You protect and guide us, and we trust You with our lives.

Hearts in tune with God sing His praises".
Our Daily Bread 6/9/17

Prayer-

Singing, praying man
   Father, when we sing, there really is a change in our thinking, as some studies have shown.
   We sense a relief in anxiety and stress as we concentrate on worshipping the Lord with our song, or just humming a familiar tune around home.
   You encourage us to praise You for good reasons, whether we're heading for a battle or not, for as we begin to think of Your Goodness and remember Your Faithfulness to us in the past, our feelings will begin to change.
   This exercise has power to change our thoughts, our hearts, 
and our lives. 
   I ask for the Holy Spirit's help in singing, as it is powerful therapy, as well as due praise for You. 
   In Jesus's name I pray. Amen.

{I've found it to be true, that when I (Jean) felt downhearted and began to sing, tension eased up and I forgot what troubled me.}


Today's Bible verse-

(Ps. 40:3 KJV)"And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God" many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD."

(Ecc. 3:22 a KJV) "Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his portion."


Today's quote-

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Today's special link: 

A Frog or A Prince? by Nancy Demary


"To find true beauty and happiness we
need the Prince to change us . . .
Don’t lose heart in any season . . . God is always wanting to change frogs and frogettes into what He originally designed us to be!"




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  1. When I really sing in my heart, it brings my heart into alignment with God and I can feel His presence. Listening to good worship singing can do the same for me. I do not have a good voice but like to make a joyful noise unto the Lord when I can. I know He hears what is in my heart.

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