Songs Soothe Stir Save

A Journal Science Study tells us Zebra Finches sing a special song to their offspring before they hatch to help them cope with global warming.

Zebra fnches2No matter what season it is, when the temperatures go above 79 degrees Fahrenheit, the finch parents would sing the “heat” song to their incubating eggs to tell them it’s really hot outside and they better not grow too big.

Through the eggshells, the hatchlings listen and the birds come out smaller. Their smaller size makes it easier for them to cope with high temperatures. It explains how birds learn to cope, adapt and survive climate change.

Whether it’s birds or humans, songs soothe, stir and save. It seems patients in hospitals who listened to soothing music are less depressive, more sociable and they recover faster.

Psychology Today in 1985 reported on a certain mental hospital in Great Britain. One wing of the hospital was built next to a Chapel where there was daily singing of hymns. The sound of the singing could be heard in that wing. And doctors found that patients in that wing got better faster than patients in other wings.

Songs soothe, stir and save. And King Saul knew that.

“And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him (I Samuel 16:23).”

Songs have a way of soothing our agitated spirits, stirring our souls and inspiring our hearts. That is why the Bible is full of songs of joy, songs of hope, songs of lament and despair. Just read the Psalms.

Even the Lord sings over us.

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs” (Zephaniah 3:17 NLT).

Songs release divine hope, power and potential.

When King Jehoshaphat was confronted with the prospect of being invaded by the combined armies of Moab and Ammon, he sent out his troops in an unconventional battle formation. The choir preceded the army. The singers preceded the soldiers.

“Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir … and they were defeated … they helped to destroy one another” (II Chronicles 20:20-23).

So the Lord beckons:

“Sing, O barren, You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord” (Isaiah 54:1)

Sing to the Lord even in your darkest hour for it has the power to change people and situations.

Paul and Silas knew that first hand. They were beaten mercilessly, bruised and bloodied, placed in stocks in the dirtiest and darkest part of the prison. But at midnight, they were not screaming in pain but singing in praise. Their singing made other prisoners stood up and the foundation of the prison shook up (Acts 16:25-26).

Songs soothe, stir and save.

Let’s sing because we, the people of God always have something to sing about.

“Speak to one another with the words of psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the Father” (Ephesians 5:19-20 GNT).


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