Daily Devotion

The Power of Our Song
 
"I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving."  Psalm 69:30
 
God loves to hear us sing to Him.  Have you ever been in church and saw the effects of singing praises to God?  If you haven't I pray that God allows you to see it.  His Spirit flows and moves the masses; yokes are broken and handed over to Jesus.  Bonds and chains are destroyed and we are free to give God all the glory that is due to Him.  But its not just for entertainment as most use it for.  God gives us many things when we sing out to Him.  He comforts us, gives us victory, peace, joy, and freedom.
 
"Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the LORD; Joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and sound of a melody."  Isaiah 51:3  One of the things I did to get through this year was sing and cry out to God for His comfort.  Only in singing and crying was I able to get the comfort I needed from all the pain I had experienced.  God promises to comfort us because we are His children! 
 
"Around midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly, there was an earthquake so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken. All the doors immediately flew open, and everyone's chains were unfastened."  Acts 16:25-26  In this story, Paul and Silas were wrongly imprisoned…but God!  But God freed them and save thousands.  He saved the soul of their jailer by them not leaving when they were freed.  "At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the LORD caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves."  2 Chronicles 20:22  This is just one of the stories where praising the Lord with song led to victory over enemy armies.
 
"And the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away."  Isaiah 35:10  Peace is the gift God freely gives to us, and His joy is our strength. (John 14:27, Nehemiah 8:10)  When we sing, we realize both of these gifts.
 
"God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land."  Psalm 68:6  God frees us!  When Jesus died on the cross for our sins we WERE freed.  Not waiting on some other act or miracle, but it has already happened.  We are freed (even if you may be physically bound by something) from the weight of our sins.  We are free from condemnation, we are free from death as long as we are in Christ.
 
Just think about it though, we have the God-given power to speak and decree over situations…by singing praise to God, it moves Him on our behalf.  Why equip us with such a powerful tool if we cannot use it to glorify Him?  Don't stop singing!  Watch Him move heaven and earth for you.
 
"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God."  Colossians 3:16
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