Songs of Praise

“Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:1919Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; (Ephesians 5:19)
“When they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon  ...  which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.” 2 Chronicles 20:22
I don’t think we begin to realize the power we can have over the enemy through song, and its importance! What a remarkable thing it is to see the Lord working so mightily for His people when they praised Him! According to Ephesians 5, it is a sign that we are filled with the Spirit of God when our hearts and mouths are filled with songs of praise! (I have sometimes wondered if perhaps it works the other way, too? Perhaps we are filled more with the Spirit if we sing.)
We love to listen to the song of a bird. Instead of a larynx, birds have a syrinx, which is located next to their heart. The music of praise begins in our hearts.
So, as we face another day, let us sing while we cook meals, while we run our errands, and while we clean house. It defends us from the enemy. Think of Joshua marching around Jericho. What did he tell the children of Israel to do to gain the victory? “Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city” (Josh. 6:1616And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city. (Joshua 6:16)). But it wouldn’t have done them any good to just talk about it. There had to be action. Verse 20 says, “And the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.” Today let us go forward in faith as we face those trials and tests that are so hard, and claim the victory ... with song.