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In the RESTORATION 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)
 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  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.  We are RESTORED as we sing.
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)
 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)
 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’? Do we want RESTORATION to relieve the pain of life, to cure the sorrows of the soul, to salve the wounds of attack from the devils?  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 a RESTORATION to an ‘everlasting joy.’

Psalm 45:7 (KJV)
 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 of RESTORATION  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 RESTORING oil of the joy and gladness of singing.
Psalm 100:1-2 (KJV)
 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  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)
 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 RESTORATION process 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)
 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. Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it:  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)
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  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)
 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.

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 RESTORATION process continues at a speedy rate.


Colossians 3:16 (KJV)
 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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