I Chronicles 16:7 "Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren."
Psalm 105:1-3 "O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD."
We can certainly speak our words of thanksgiving and praise to the Lord; but oh, I am so glad that we can sing them!
For me, music is a great leveler. It brings my emotions back into sync with Scripture and with my Heavenly Father.
Of course, it's difficult for worldly music to accomplish this. That's why, with the exception of classical music (much of which was written in praise of God) and Christmas music (which is, ultimately, about Jesus too), I do not listen to secular music.
I do not need any additional fuel to feed my flesh. My carnal nature is strong enough. It is always present and it is always ready to take the upper hand if I reliquinsh it.
Christian music only feeds my spirit. As it lifts the name of Jesus in praise, as it gives a voice to beauty, as it puts Scripture to song, as it reminds me of the truths of His Word, it gives me strength to walk spiritually rather than carnally.
I am so thankful for music. It is, in my opinion, one of God's most gracious gifts.
(I thought about embedding a favorite video here, but I just couldn't decide which one to use! So, why don't you go listen to your own favorite hymn or praise song right now! I know it will lift your spirit and help you through the day.)