Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord , the Lord himself, is my strength and my defence ; he has become my salvation.’ NIVUK
The first part of this verse is sufficient for us in a world filled with so much uncertainty at the moment.
Trust and be not afraid.
Because the Lord, the Lord himself – emphasised by repeating the name – is my strength and my defence.
A poweful ally to be sure but in the original Greek, the Psalmist does not say that the Lord is his defence.
The phrasing occurs here and in two other places, Exodus and Psalms, as my strength and my song.
‘Strength’ is the word oz and carries the meaning of power, might, and boldness.
‘Song’ is the word zimrath and is, by implication, a praise song.
We trust God and He becomes our strength and song.
Singing is recognized to have a positive effect upon the human body.
The British Academy of Sound Therapy tells us that singing alters ourhormones and transmitters boosting our mood state and even our immune system.
Lyrics increase Dopamine and lower stress.
Rhythm increases our oxygen flow.
And the breathing which is required to allow us to sing reinforces the first two.
Isaiah was clearly onto something all of those years ago.
Trust in God because he is our strength and by singing to Him we lower the impact of any of our fears.