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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

 
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Today's Devotion

"I am bent over and racked with pain. My days are filled with grief" (Psalm 38:6).

Pain is a pain. You're well acquainted with pain. It can be a very troublesome companion. The Bible tells us that we can counter pain with praise music.

"Don't be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you. Then you will sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, making music to the Lord in your hearts. And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:18-20).

"Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts" (Colossians 3:16).

It's interesting that recent research suggests that music reduces pain. "Sixty-six elderly arthritis patients took part in a study recently reported in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. Half of the participants sat quietly and listened to 20 minutes of Mozart tunes each day for two weeks. The other half just sat quietly, or read something, for the same period of time. Those in the music group experienced steadily decreasing pain scores over the 14 days, while those in the control group did not." (Health News, 3/2004)

If listening to Mozart can help ease arthritis pain‐what do you think praise music could do for you? Why don't you try adding some praise songs to other pain-management techniques you employ?

"For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory" (Psalm 32:7).
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Today's ScriptShare
"I am on the verge of collapse, facing constant pain. But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done. I have many aggressive enemies; they hate me without reason. They repay me evil for good and oppose me for pursuing good. Do not abandon me, O LORD. Do not stand at a distance, my God. Come quickly to help me, O Lord my savior" (Psalm 38:17-22).
The LORD bless you and keep you; 
The LORD make His face shine on you, 
And be gracious to you; 
The LORD lift up His countenance on you, 
And give you peace.
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