Lesson 46 Chapter 7
First of all GOD sings, the Creator of everything! All vibration, all frequency comes from HIM!!
SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG!
"Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises". Psalms 47:6 (KJV)
"The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” ~Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)
For each of the last five dogs that I’ve been blessed to call my own, I’ve made up a song I sing to them. It is a song just for them about them. Keep in mind I can’t sing so only a dog could appreciate any of these songs. The first dog I did this with was Fridge, my Golden Retriever. It was just a silly little ditty I sang to him as a puppy. He would always wag his tail and get that happy Golden grin for which they are known. I have even tried with subsequent dogs to sing the previous dog’s song to them to which I would get a blank, unresponsive stare. However, once I created a song for that dog based upon his or her personality they always show me how much they love it by their tail wags, body softening, etc. – typical dog language of “I like that!” They don’t do that when I sing the “wrong” song to them though.
With my current two dogs, King (an American Bully) and Schatzie (a Carolina Dog), I have created several songs for them – one each specific to them, and then songs that are for them both collectively. Interestingly enough they seem to know the difference. The songs I created for each of them have words to them. The songs I made up for both of them are just humming, musical type songs with no words. I use those songs to call them rather than a whistle and they always get so happy with those songs because it means I am calling them to come play, be loved on, be groomed and receive a treat, or go for a walk. They love ALL of those things so the songs for them are associated with fun, happy times.
I have done a lot of research into this particular topic because I love music and singing so much -even though as I said previously I can’t sing nor am I a musician it has always played an integral role in my life. I have also learned that the music genre does matter, especially with animals.
My Neapolitan Mastiff, Shadrach, used to love any type of jazz and R&B. Later when we switched to listening to all Christian music, he loved that even more which I could tell by his response. He did not, however, like any music by Bruce Springsteen. If we put on any music by him, Shadrach would leave the room and return after we switched to some other music. It was rather funny to us though even if we are certain Mr. Springsteen would not be appreciative of that fact. Of course Shadrach was also a singer – a very loud and opinionated one so maybe Bruce wouldn’t have liked his singing either!
I also know that we need to qualify what we listen to so that what goes into our minds are the right kind of words. Shadrach was never subtle about anything so I believe he was showing me that. I mean no disrespect to Bruce Springsteen but his music is secular in nature, which isn’t the musical frequency at which God gave for our wellbeing. I’m pretty sure even with his loudness though that God must’ve appreciated Shadrach’s singing.
Singing along with the right kind of music or simply singing your own tune, which I often do – I actually think of it as the “music” I hear coming from each of my dogs – is soothing happy and uplifting to me. Schatzie and King are their own little symphony, which is why I can have several “songs” for them.
So what does this all have to do with wellness and God? Lot more than most modern societies may realize!
- Singing can reduce stress which in turn can help you live longer
- Singing can clear your sinuses and improve your mood
- Music can boost the immune system and allow for better social bonding
In fact, singing, music, words, and vibrations all matter for our health and wellbeing as is clearly stated above. I’ll elaborate even as we progress in this book. When we sing praises to God did you know that He inhabits our praises? We, as His children in Christ are Israel grafted into His family as is stated in Psalms 22:3, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”
Knowing that and knowing that God rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17), I wonder if my singing to my own dogs is yet another example of God showing me in a way I can - in my finite mind – understand and embrace the fact that He does the same thing with me? I am choosing to believe that so when I sing to my dogs, I can envision the God of all Creation singing to me – and hopefully I will be as quick to respond with the same joy my dogs always exhibit!
My podcast on this topic: https://doggonetruth.podbean.com/e/singing-to-our-dogs/
By Dr. Kim Bloomer