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Aspirin is also known as acetylsalicylic acidis often used to relieve minor aches, pains, and helps reduce fever. It is also an anti-inflammatory medication. While awaiting the end of a headache, or the healing of a painful cut, while awaiting the end of pain from the removal of a tooth, one is likely to take an ‘aspirin.’ In the seeking the healing of clogged veins, one may take aspirin to reduce the chance of a heart attack.

In the healing process, while awaiting the final healing, there are some things we can do. We cannot take aspirin for every spiritual ailment, every heartache and pain of the soul. Yet, there is an ‘aspirin-like’ medicine we can take to relieve spiritual pain.


Isaiah 61:2-3 (KJV)

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.

Here, we are told that for the ‘spirit of heaviness’ we are to put on the ‘garment of praise’. We do this for a purpose, so that we will be called the ‘trees of righteousness, that planting of the Lord’. The spirit of heaviness is relieved, as a headache is relieved by aspirin.

There are many with the ‘spirit of heaviness’ in the congregations of today. They show it on their faces, they sit near the back, they watch their watches to try to hurry the service, they complain and murmur. The pain of their troubles continues and continues. They are avoiding the pain reliever they could take, and feel wonderful instead of being under the ‘spirit of heaviness’.

Some go home and watch a comedy program on television, but the pain still remains, and when the short time of laughter is over, their misery remains. There is a cure for ‘heaviness’ of the toil and wounds of life upon our souls. It is praise and singing.

Isaiah 61:10 (KJV)

10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

The garment of praise is one of the ‘garments of salvation’ (Isa 61:10). It is put on us when we praise, rejoice, and sing with joy.



Isaiah 51:11 (KJV)

11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

Do we want ‘sorrow and mourning’ from the wounds of life to ‘flee away’? Of course we do. We want to relieve the pain of life, to cure the sorrows of the soul, to salve the wounds of attack from the devils, and be healed. The ‘come with singing unto Zion’ will bring us ‘everlasting joy’, not just a few minutes of relief. Aspirin will relieve human pains for a short time. The joyful singing of our person to the One sitting on the throne in Zion will be an ‘everlasting joy.’



Psalm 45:7 (KJV)

7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

The oil of gladness is received as we praise and sing unto God. This ‘oil’ is a healing balm, healing the wounds of life. The sheep in that day, were tended by a shepherd. As they entered the fold, going through the one gate to it, the shepherd would have anointing oil with which to anoint the sheep who had been grazing with their head down to the grass. Their heads had bumped into many rocks as they grazed. Their wounded heads needs ‘anointed with oil’ and the oil would salve, cleanse, and help heal the wounds of the day. We too have had our ‘heads’ wounded in life and the wounds of life need the healing oil of the joy and gladness of singing.



Psalm 100:1-2 (KJV)

1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.

2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

God has commanded the ‘joyful noise’ and the entering of His presence is only allowed when we are in worship and singing.



Isaiah 49:13 (KJV)

13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.



Singing was a basic part of worship in the Old Testament. David had a troupe of ‘singing men and singing women’ in Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 19:35 (KJV)

...can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women?

In the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, there was a choir of several hundred men and women who were to lead worship. The worship at the Temple was encouraged to be made with singing, an orchestra of instruments, men and women singing praises. David was not allowed to build the Temple, and it was to be made after his death, so he spent much time making instruments for the priests to play as they sang and worshiped. Levites with a good voice were chosen for the choir of singers.

The early church continued to worship in song. Paul and Silas in prison, with the prospect of being killed the next day, led the jailer and his family to God, via a song service. The song service was so good, that though the chains fell off, the door opened, the jailer slept, none of the prisoners wanted to leave. When the jailer was upset at the door being opened, he was told by Paul, that they were ‘all’ still there in the midst of the song service. We need more song services, corporately and privately, that we don’t want to leave. The healing process of catharsis operates best in the midst of singing praises to the Lord.

The book of Psalms is a collection of songs sang by the Old Testament believers. When they needed water, they ‘sang to the well, the praises of God, and water sprang up in the ground.

Numbers 21:16-18 (KJV)

16 And from thence they went to Beer: that is the well whereof the LORD spake unto Moses, Gather the people together, and I will give them water.

17 Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:

18 The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves. And from the wilderness they went to Mattanah:



Ephesians 5:18-20 (KJV)

18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

The ‘spiritual songs’ refers to the psalms, and worship hymns. It was lyric poetry, inspired by the Spirit, employed in the praising of God. They are wonderful in congregations, but were never intended to be only done corporately. They should be a part of our prayers, and private worship. In family worship, in church worship, riding alone in your car, in your private prayer closet, etc. these songs are to be sung joyfully to God. 




Colossians 3:16 (KJV)

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.



The songs are to ‘teach and admonish’, they are to be songs ‘with grace in our hearts to the Lord’. The songs have many purposes, but as we do them, as we sing them, the catharsis healing fills our being, and the pain relieving.



Revelation 5:9-10 (KJV)

9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Are you ready to sing that song in heaven? Do you already realize its truth, or are you going to need a remedial class before joining that choir? We should already be understanding the truth of that song. It should already be taught to us. Our hearts should already be ready to sing that new song.


Deuteronomy 32:1-45 (KJV)

1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

3 Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.

4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

5 They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of his children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.

6 Do ye thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he thy father that hath bought thee? hath he not made thee, and established thee?

7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

8 When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.

9 For the LORD'S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:

12 So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;

14 Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.

15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

19 And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters.

20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

23 I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them.

24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.

25 The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs.

26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:

27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the LORD hath not done all this.

28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.

29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?

31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.

32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter:

33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.

34 Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?

35 To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.

36 For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.

37 And he shall say, Where are their gods, their rock in whom they trusted,

38 Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offerings? let them rise up and help you, and be your protection.

39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.

40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.

42 I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy.

43 Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

44 And Moses came and spake all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.

45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel:

Another of his songs, is:

Exodus 15:1-21 (KJV)

1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.

4 Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.

5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.

6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.

7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble.

8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.

9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.

10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.

13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.

14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.

15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.

16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased.

17 Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established.

18 The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.

19 For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.

20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

21 And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

Have your songs been like these two of Moses? Are you finding it easy to break into song to the Lord, or do you sing about the football and baseball team? Do you sing songs of the commercials on television, or songs of the Bible to the Lord? To whom, or to what, are you singing? The heart when joyful finds it easy to sing to what makes it happy. God wants more, He wants us, even when under the ‘spirit of heaviness’ to break into worshipful song to Him. If we do, the pain of wounds cease, healing flows down upon us.


Colossians 3:16 (KJV)

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.


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