"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them” – Acts 16:25
Paul the Apostle and Silas who accompanied him while on his missionary journey were put into prison, accused of causing a marketplace owner to lose his income, when a servant woman who worked for him could no longer tell the future. (Acts 16:17).
Paul and Silas were beaten by rulers and thrown into prison. But despite their circumstance, they did not sit around in silence and self-pity because of their circumstance. Instead, in the midnight hour, they prayed and sang praises unto the Lord, who was still a good and merciful God. They chose to glorify God while in an unjustified circumstance.
When you choose to yet praise the Lord in a situation that seems unbearable and no way out, instead of sitting in silence and self-pity, you will make the schemes of the devil against you, pointless and of no profit.
He thinks you only have a praise when things are going good, when you have been blessed with the best, or when you have been sheltered from the storms of life. But your determination to yet praise the Lord, just as it was Job’s determination to yet trust the Lord in his unfortunate circumstance, will confound the works of our lying enemy (Job 13:15).
If perhaps your circumstance has gotten you so despondent that you can’t even open your mouth, think about what the Lord has done for you in the past, and how this same God can do it again, and even more.
It’s A New Day! Don’t go another day sitting in silence and self-pity. It’s time to disarm the plan of Satan and magnify our Most Glorious God! "O Come let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!"
Copyright © by Gale Wilcox
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.