Give me the songs of a people, and I care not who writes its laws. (Damon of Athens, 5th century B.C. Greek musicologist)

We like to say that we are a nation of laws, and, indeed, that’s true. Without law-abiding citizens, no nation can survive long. Yet, it isn’t a set of regulations that motivates and inspires people to advancement. Rather, it’s the sense of belonging and esprit de corps that arouses sentiments of loyalty and patriotism—often reflected in the music of the time.

Songs of joy and victory are sung in the camp of the godly. (Psalm 118:15)