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Silence can be a powerful weapon. During conflict, we might use silence as a way of defense or retreat. This is true not only in human relationships but also in our relationship with God. The Psalms model for us ways to engage with God even in the midst of intense suffering.
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Music has always played a central role in the church's devotional life. In fact, musical worship is commanded in the New Testament. According to Ephesians 5:19, believers are to speak "to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit." This same verse also tells us to sing and make music in your heart "to the Lord." Worship, when expressed in musical form, moves in two directions. On the one hand, the music of worship is a mode of prayer. When we sing, we are speaking to God. We see this worshipful conversation with God in the book of Psalms. The Psalms are prayers which express the author's deepest thoughts and emotions. In the midst of these prayers, the Psalmist sometimes talks to himself (Ps. 42:5, 11; 43:5).