"I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God. Music drives away the Devil and makes people happy; they forget thereby all wrath, unchastity, arrogance, and the like. Next after theology, I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor."Since reading Stealth Attack, I have been singing non-stop. Here's the passage from Pritchard's book that got me singing:
If we want spiritual victory over the devil, one way to get it is to sing our way there...
Fill your heart with God-honoring music all day long... Given today's resources, there is no reason that every Christian cannot go through each day listening to God-centered, Christ-exalting music.
You can find it on the Internet. You can play it on a CD. You can play it on your iPod. You can play it on a cassette tape. You can listen on your Walkman. You can listen to Christian music on the radio. You can buy a DVD of Christian music. You can write your own music. You can buy a hymnbook.
When you are discouraged, sing "Shout to the Lord." When you feel like quitting, sing "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." When you feel empty, sing "Come Thou Fount." When you are tempted, sing "How Great Thou Art." When you feel overwhelmed with guilt sing "Wonderful, Merciful Savior." When you are hungry to know God better, sing "As the Deer."
Parents, sing to your children...and to your grandchildren. Make sure they hear you singing in church. Teach your children and grandchildren to sing hymns, gospel songs, choruses.
Sing while you are in the shower. Sing while you ride your bike. Sing along while you listen to the radio. Sing while you work out. (p.123)