It provides spiritual soothing to your own heart and sweetens dinim Above.
Remember, David Hamelech's Tehillim of praise & longing for Hashem were originally accompanied by the music of his harp.
We have a variety of melodious praises to sing to Hashem:
- Verses from Tanach
- Verses from tefillah
You might know popular tunes for these...or even better, melodies composed by holy Rebbes or Rabbanim.
You might also have your own that you sing to Hashem.
So if you can, it's helpful to take some time to sit alone (like in your bedroom or something) and sing these words to Hashem.
Even if you can only manage one stanza of it, it definitely counts. (I know interruptions are more likely if you have dependent family around you.)
Sing from your heart as best you can, and try to visualize what you're singing, even imagining yourself in the words.
Many piyutim & Tehillim contain compelling imagery, which lend themselves to easier visualization.
For example, as you sing Psalm 23 ("Mizmor l'David, Hashem is my Shepherd; I shall not lack..."), you can visualize Hashem (without actually visualizing Hashem Himself) settling you in a pleasant green meadow (bin'ot desheh yarbitzeni) and leading you beside lovely still waters (al mei menuchot yinahaleni).
It gives Hashem a lot of nachat when you do things like this, and it also gets you in touch with your own neshamah and with Hashem.
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