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Singing Hymns of Praise to God

January 28, 2018

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Singing Hymns of Praise to God

Acts 16:23-26

And when they had inflicted  many blows  upon them,  they threw them  into prison, commanding the jailer  to guard them securely;  and he,  having received such a command,  threw them  into the inner prison,  and fastened their feet  in the stocks. 

But about midnight  Paul and Silas were praying  and singing hymns  of praise  to God,  and the prisoners were listening  to them;  and suddenly there came a great earthquake,  so that the foundations  of the prison house were shaken;  and immediately  all the doors were opened,  and everyone’s chains  were unfastened.

How do we react  to our dire problems?     If a gang of nasty people  unjustly beat us, and threw us  into prison,  and locked our feet  in stocks,  would we break forth  in praises  to God  with both prayers  and singing?

How is it  that praising God  came naturally  to Paul and Silas  at a time  when their very lives were  in danger?     What are we missing  in our lives?    Do we praise God  in all our sufferings  —  or  —  do we complain  and feel  like God has deserted us?    Do we allow doubts  about God’s love  to overwhelm us?

Both Paul and Silas honestly believed  in God’s love  and salvation  for them  through the merits  of Jesus Christ.     They were men  who knew the Bible well  and were positive  beyond a doubt  that Jesus was the long promised Savior,  who fulfilled  all the Old Testament prophecies  about the Redeemer.     Therefore,  they were fully assured  that Jesus had the authority  and power  to forgive all our sins  through His sacrifice  for us  on the cross.

That’s what it takes  to sing praises  and pray  when it seems  like our world is caving in  all around us.     We need  to remember everything  Paul and Silas remembered.     We need  to realize  that all the prophesies  that Jesus fulfilled  would be utterly impossible  for anyone else  to replicate.     We can’t even predict  with certainty  what will happen to us  in the next hour  —  let alone thousands  of years from now.

In that,  we need to remember  that Jesus has existed  from all eternity.     He is God.     He is  in control.     He is faithful.     He can be trusted.     God’s word  has always come true  exactly as He said it would.     And we are  just a creation  of God.

Therefore,  we can sing hymns  of praise  even as we suffer.

When we tremble  at the hatred  of unbelievers,  we need  to remember  that many  of God’s children  have suffered death,  or near death,  for the sake  of the truth  of our salvation  in Christ.     Peter was crucified upside down,  James was killed  with a sword,  many early Christians  were thrown  to the lions,  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego  were thrown  into the fiery furnace  from which God saved them.     The Bible is filled  with such accounts.

All this has been recorded  to bolster our faith  in God,  to allow His will  to be done  —  whatever it might be.     Our trust needs  to be  that our Lord does indeed love us  in everything  that He allows  to happen to us.     As Paul says  in Romans 8:28,

And we know  that God causes  all things  to work together  for good  to those who love God,  to those who are called  according to His purpose.

It was because  of his confidence  in this truth  that Paul could write  in Philippians 1:20-21,

Christ shall even now,  as always,  be exalted  in my body,  whether by life  or by death.     For to me,  to live is Christ,  and to die  is gain.

The whole point is  that we need  to allow God  to build up  and strengthen our faith also  by taking time every day  to study His eternal word  to us  —  just as Paul and Silas did,  along with all the other heroes  of faith.

If we want  to spend time  with God  in eternity  as God’s saints are,  we should also be wanting  to spend time  with our Lord now.

As we grow  in the grace  and word  of God,  we sing,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your eternal word  is awesome  beyond human words  and thoughts.     Blessed be Your name  for Your faithfulness.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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