He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord” [Psalm 40:3]

Many years ago as a child I was visiting my grandmother in her London flat.  We had been out for the evening and upon returning as she put the key in the front door she began to sing.  It was a ‘top flat’ and we had to climb the narrow staircase.  It was dark and dingy and very small but as we climbed my grandmother’s song became louder.  Grandmother I asked, “why are you singing”?  You never know who may be lurking about she said so I sing to let them know I’m coming and scare them away!  When we arrived inside the flat we found someone had been there, the evidence was clear but the intruder had left.

Horace spoke of music as ‘the healing balm of troubles,’ Congreve in The Morning Bride said, ‘Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.’ Coleridge said, ‘I feel physically refreshed and strengthened by it.’ And Goethe, who was not particularly musical, said music made him unfold ‘like the fingers of a threatening fist which straighten amicably.”

Sometimes are hearts are fearful or just strangely stubborn and will not soften or grow tender no matter how much praying we do.    If we will allow it music will minister and lift our spirit from heaviness and restore to us a garment of praise.   Without effort songs from long ago return to fill our hearts and when nothing else can music gives us courage to face the future with the faith of those that wrote the song.

When the vibrating life of God flows through a heavy heart its honor bound to produce a song of praise.

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