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A Closer Look


Spiritual songs are a weapon at our disposal that we ought to use more. When King Jehoshaphat found out that the Moabites, Ammonites and Meumites were going to engage Israel in battle, he realized how outnumbered they would be. 

So he prayed, he recalled God’s faithfulness in the past, but when he and so many of Jerusalem bowed down to the ground in worship, it says in 2 Chronicles 20:19 “Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.” 

A quick glance at this story and you might think this action of song is off the cuff, but when David was king, he put this select group of Israel in charge of the service of song in the house of the Lord. They were simply fulfilling their duty, and get this, it’s as they sing and praise that the Lord sets ambushes against the enemies and are defeated. 

This is not coincidental. When we sing, just like when we pray, we’re becoming spiritually fit to receive victory, so God enables it. Did you know that when you sing your vagus nerve activates a peace response in your body? This is a built-in peace mechanism. God’s peace is realized when you sing - his victory is only fitting.

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