We wonder why it says so much in the Word about singing, making melody in our hearts, rejoicing, praising. Well I thought about this and thought one reason is because it brings us the ability to be strong. Songs like Onward Christian Soldiers, when you hear it, it revives ones soul to stand up, and not be down trodden or fearful, but instead it inspires us to be brave and strengths us to fight the good fight of faith and be courageous. When my son died at age 41, and when I was diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the liver, I had a peace in the midst of these trials. I remember walking down the hall and singing two verses from two songs. One has the words, “I don’t know about tomorrow, I don’t seem to understand, but I know who holds my future and I know who holds my hand.” The second song went like this, “Whatever my lot thou has taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul.” We each have our ” lots” to have to go through, each one different from one another, but nevertheless painful. However, I find that singing songs like these and others songs lifts my spirit and soul up to heaven, and no matter what I have to face, I can go through it, because I DO know that the Lord is with me. When I was diagnosed with Cirrhosis, I asked the Lord saying, “Lord, am I going to die?” He didn’t say yes or no, but I heard in my mind Him to say, “I will hold your hand to the very end”. What more could I ask for? If Jesus is with us, holding our hand through it all, what more could we ask for?