Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
Psalm 96:1-3 NLT
When circumstances in our lives are going badly it is very easy to sing the woe is me song. That was a song that I sang for most of my teenage and young adult years. Struggling with drug and alcohol addictions, I didn’t experience many moments of joy. In fact, I wore a heavy coat of despair that matched my song.
I think we can all agree that music has the ability to change our moods to some extent. Several studies have shown that when we listen to upbeat, happy music it can actually make us more positive about our circumstances. A study by the American Music Therapy Association in 2015, revealed that people who listen to music before, during, or after surgery had less instances of anxiety and pain than those who didn’t listen to music.
Based on that information, imagine what happens when we are constantly singing the woe is me song to ourselves. For me, my negative song kept me trapped in dark places where I felt like there was no hope of better days.
When I gave my life to the Lord at 33, there was a change deep within my heart. Where there had only been darkness and dread for my future, I now felt hope and a light spreading through me. I felt a new song bubbling up within me. A joyful song that cleansed me from the inside out. I realized that my entire body was becoming an instrument of praise to the Lord. My words, my actions, and my reactions were all songs of praise that I could share with others.
What song are you singing today? I encourage you to find moments throughout the day where you can praise the Lord with your song. Sing to Him a new song.
Until next time blessings and healing