The Power of Song

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Each morning birds join in song to welcome the new day. But did you know:

  • The first 15-50 days is the best time for learning a song.
  • Male birds sing to attract mates and defend their territories.
  • Whereas the Red-eyed Vireo has more than 20,000 songs in his repertoire, and the Brown Thrasher has 2000, the Henslow’s Sparrow has only one song.
  • Males do most of the singing in North America while certain tropical male and female birds sing duets.
  • Not all use their voices to sing. A Wilson Snipe uses his tail feathers. A noisy woodpecker drums with his beak. A grouse uses his wings.
  • While some birds can be taught to sing another species’ song, the flycatcher remains true to his species’ song.
  • Some birds sing in flight while others sing perched upon a pedestal.
  • Some birds learn their songs from others, and some inherit the appropriate song.
  • Mockingbirds and parrot are mimics
  • With the loss of hearing, birds lose their ability to sing.

 

Birds aren’t the only creatures called to sing.

  • The younger the person, the easier it is to learn how to lift the voice in praise. But thankfully, people don’t have a window of learning as birds do. You can learn to sing praises no matter your age.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

  • Your song of praise is for worship and warfare. It’s easy to worship atop a mountain, not so much in the valley. Yet, singing may very well be our Commander’s weapon of choice. If so, sing at the top of your lungs!

And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 2 Chronicles 20:22

  • Some may have several songs while others may have one unique song.Whatever the story behind your song, no one can sing it the way you can. If you refuse to lift your voice, the song will be sung, but not in the same key or in the same way! So, sing, children!

But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble. Psalms 59:16

  • Learn to sing a duet with Beloved. When we spend time with Him, we will come away with a sweeter song to share with others.

His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem. Song of Solomon 5:16

  • We may not always use our voice to sing praise.Whether singing out loud or in your head, clapping your hands, snapping your fingers, or tapping your toe to the rhythm of the beat, do it to the glory of God.

O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. Psalm 47:1

  • Stay true to the song God has placed within us.There are enough voices screaming “be like me.”  There is only one you. Without your voice, the choir is lacking. Stay true to yourself and God.

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. Psalm 40:3

  • Whether soaring above troubles or resting on the valley floor, sing.

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Acts 16:25

  • With a hearing loss, we lose our song.We lose our hearing when surrounded by continual noise. Rest is a must if we are to keep our song.

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. Song of Solomon 2:10

Can you imagine our world if everyone was lifting their voice in prayer and praise to our God in Heaven above? Hezekiah Walker’s video Better gives us a glimpse of people all around our world doing just that. Take a listen and get your praise on!

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Victorious!

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2:15

The above verse is one of my favorites because it describes the practice of a victorious king parading his defeated foes behind him as he enters the city.

Throughout the Bible, we find the Lord described as a protector, a conqueror, and a deliverer.

David calls the Lord his fortress, a fortified place or stronghold.

Fortress

Isaiah also speaks of walls and gates protecting God’s people.

In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks (a wall of earth). Isaiah 26:1

Salvation Walls

Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise. Isaiah 60:18

Praise

Jesus calls us a city. Unlike today, cities once had walls to protect it.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Matthew 5:14

Castle on a Hill

And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken. Isaiah 62:12

We are not abandoned. God is with us! We will overcome. We will stand victorious!

Do you have a favorite imagery in the Bible? If so, I would love to hear what it is.

Blessings

 

He Is Alive!

 

He Is Alive

Every year around spring a joy begins bubbling inside me. The earth is warming. Flowers are blooming. Birds are singing. My world is teeming with life once more.

Resurrection!

Unfortunately, one can’t think of the Resurrection without the days prior—the seemingly endless nights—when hope faded to disappointment.

When Fear and Doubt boldly stepped from the shadows brandishing their weapons of destruction.

“He said he was the Son of God.”

“He healed the sick, calmed the sea, and delivered the possessed but, could not save himself.”

“Who will help you, now?”

“Time to face the truth. You are alone.”

“He’s not coming back.”

Today…

The battle rages. The mind bends beneath the load. The spirit cries out.

No answer. You are alone.

But then someone testifies, “I have seen the Lord. He is alive. We are not alone!”

The Son appears. The shadows flee.

Resurrection!

Your heart ignites.

He is:

The Rose of Sharon

The Lily of the Valley

The Son of God

The Prince of Peace

Sacrificial Lamb

Deliverer

Savior

Victor

Returning King

Alive!

 

Have you experienced the Resurrection?

Giving Thanks

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30

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David wrote, “thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7) I am thankful the Lord has given me songs through the years to remember my journeys. Usually, I am going ‘through” or just beginning to ‘come out’ of a situation when I begin to hear the lyrics.

I wrote the following song in 2004. Yet this past week, it has played over and over in my head. When I awake, while doing chores, or preparing for bed, it has reminded me tomorrow is not promised. So I must do what needs doing, today.

I must:

  • forgive
  • love
  • pray
  • praise

Today.

Worthy of the Highest Praise

Tomorrow is never promised, so it must be today

When we come together in one accord offering our praise.

With songs of thanksgiving, with hands and hearts upraised,

Giving all to Him and to Him alone, Let us lift His wondrous name.

 

He is worthy of the highest praise.

He is holy.

And forever He will reign.

Let the earth rejoice.

Jesus Christ is Lord.

He is worthy of the highest praise.

© 2004 Linda Gail Johnson all rights reserved

 

During this holiday season remember the important things. When the family arrives, peer deeply into their eyes. Listen intently. Hug gently and lovingly. Laugh with all your might. Make a memory. And finally, give the Lord praise for all the blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Gail