Did you know that singing and laughing can release positive, beneficial chemicals within our bodies? It's true!
All types of singing have positive psychological effects. The act of singing releases endorphins, the brain's "feel good" chemicals. (from Science, HowStuffWorks)No wonder the Bible tells us multiple times to sing to the Lord; we are encouraged to "make melody;" and we have many examples of folks in the Bible who sang praise to God (or who sang asking for Him to comfort or intercede, too!).
Here's something a little different: even instrumental music can be a wonderful way for us to meditate and be open to the workings of the Spirit. When we are not focused on the words of a song, we are able to think about the attributes of our Father, about the ways He has worked recently in our lives, and about what we hope to accomplish in this day.
I challenge all of us to try this -- perhaps you have some solo Christian artists, or some groups, that are your favorites.
Branch out a little!
Try some instrumental music, and focus your thoughts -- oops, don't let them wander to the grocery shopping list, or to whatever chores are facing you today.....
Zero in on the relationship with our Father. Thank Him for all of His blessings. Ask Him to forgive any sins or shortcomings.
Then let's quietly wait and let the Spirit minister to our hearts.
I promise we will rise to continue our day with lighter hearts!