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  • Writer's pictureAllison Wilcox

Life on the Margins: Sing a Song of Comfort

Blessed are you who weep now,

for you will laugh.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.~ Psalm 23

Come let us sing a song and drive away the devil. ~ Martin Luther

I'll bet you've heard Psalm 23 at every - or at least most - funerals you've ever been to.

For many of us, it is the go-to place for scriptural comfort.

Of course there are other Psalms that do that as well: Psalm 46, Psalm 121, and others.

Psalms were mostly sung by the ancient Hebrew people, and are still often chanted today.

And music, as Martin Luther tells us here, is a wonderful way to drive away "the devil" or drive away despair.

I have a playlist I listen to of music that makes me happy: music that lifts my spirits.

Music that makes me want to sing and dance even when I feel like weeping.

And that is truly a blessing.

Question for thought: What piece of music (or art) lifts your spirits when you are sad?

Pray: Listen to that song or piece of music and thank God for the blessing of it!

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