Have you ever noticed how singing with others can lift a mood? A study was recently done saying 96% of those participating in singing groups felt less stress in their lives. Singing releases endorphins and oxytocin, relieving anxiety and stress. And this wonderful effect is amplified in a group. In fact, music vibrations can be felt by each member, moving through bodies simultaneously. When this happens, everyone’s heart beats can even become synchronized!
Today’s verse stresses oneness and unity. With all the possible divisions between believers, it is good to be reminded that our hope and faith make us one. When we meet together for corporate worship rather than worshipping on our own, we can sense this unity through song. Singing together brings us together, getting our minds off our differences and turning our thoughts toward the Savior we have in common. Together, we are to hold unswervingly to that “one hope” we profess (Heb. 10:23). Meeting together and singing together encourages our faith and spurs us on to love and good works (Heb. 10:25).
Discouragement can so easily overtake me when I give up meeting together. I need to be stimulated and strengthened in my faith. We all need to lift one another up and give one another support. I need that deeper connection that comes from being with people of like mind. Lifting my voice up in song with other believers makes, “having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind,” a reality! (Phil. 2:2) Although every tongue and nation will sing with one voice in Heaven, I need those moments of “oneness” today.
Thank you Lord, for those precious moments of unity!