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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Singing (10/31/05)

TITLE: POWER IN SONGS OF PRAISE
By Stephen kaptain
11/07/05


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One of the most wonderful moments of human emotions is the experience of joy. We have loads of human reasons for joy- joy in our families, joy in our work, joy in the abundance of food, and joy in good health. Even for the Israelites in the Old Testament of The Holy Bible, there was Joy in victory over enemies, religious feasting and the return from exile. It is important to note that song and dance makes a great part in showing or bringing out Joy, and this is well illustrated in Lukeís gospel in the Bible. Lukeís Gospel is filled with joy and praise to God from A to Z. The first two chapters contain the songs of several people; Mary, Zechariah, the angels and Simeon. On numerous occasions we read of people lifting voices in praise to God, particularly those healed of emotional, physical and spiritual illness. Why then these songs of praise in Lukeís Gospel? There should be some powers in singing.

Singing songs of praise to the Lord is powerful. A song can sooth a broken heart and brings happiness to a gloomy face. Songs work with a personís emotions and tend to control a personís mind to a greater extent. Have you ever wondered why a soft song of praise makes one cry? Have you wondered why a certain song can just make a sad person go wild on the dancing floor and the sadness vanishes? If singing has got these effects on a person, then singing should be considered as a powerful weapon of convincing any soul.

I used to watch my wife tapping our eight months old daughter on her back when she cried. She could just sing a soft lullaby and the child will stop crying and fall fast asleep. Even if the little child couldnít understand the words of the lullaby, but the rhythm carried in it could just sent her to sleep. This means singing, be it the lyrics, the beat or rhythm, is powerful and has a great effect on anyoneís emotions. Every time I sing the famous American hymn, ĎAmazing Grace,í the words contained and the tune of the song just makes me bow down to God in tears of joy. There are some joyful powers contained in a song, and even the bible says, Ďis anyone happy? Let him sing a song,í(James 5; 13 N.I.V).

The joyful powers in singing are so great, such that a song can drive away evil spirits. King Saul was soothed from evil spirit, by singing from David (1 Samuel 16; 14-23). David could just play his harp whenever an evil spirit descends upon Saul, and Saul could feel comforted. Singing songs of praise brings comfort and relief in human life, because singing is an expression of joy, and the two, a song and joy canít be separated. When joy is wanted, sing a song.

Songs have played a role in our lives before and shall continue to play a great role to the end of the world, the role of bringing joy. Iím yet to find a party or any gathering, even in a church where singing is not done. Even at a funeral, dirges are sung and they make everyone break into tears. That is the power of singing. That is why King David wrote all those Psalms. I just wonder how God felt when he heard David singing those Psalms to him. I think it was so fantastic. I do believe that even David himself could feel relieved in his heart when he played the harp and sing psalms to God. The wise King Solomon even wrote a great songbook, Ď Songs of Songs,í expressing deep love and intense feelings for his women. I just wonder how his women felt when Solomon sang the poems to them. I just wonder how Solomon himself felt inside, when he recited the poetic songs. I guess it was so great that love, joy and happiness overflowed from inside. That is the power of singing.

Singing should not be taken lightly. Anyone gifted in it should pursue it, and O, by the way if singing is that powerful I do believe that it can be used a tool to send Godís words to everyone. I know a lot of Christian singers are doing it, preaching Godís word through music. Keep going because singing is powerful.


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Carol Adams11/08/05
I agree with you. There are many ways to tell the gospel and music is one of them. Thanks for sharing.
Jan Ackerson 11/08/05
A thoughtful exposition on the topic. Thanks for sharing!