Acts 16:25-26 — 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose (NIV).
You might think it’s crazy to sing to your circumstance. One day Paul and Silas were minding their own business on the way to the place of prayer, and they were met on the road by a servant girl who was possessed by an evil spirit. She followed them around for days causing disturbances until Paul finally had enough. He commanded the spirit to leave her, and it did.
The girl’s masters were enraged, and they took Paul and Silas before the magistrates and pleaded their case. Paul and Silas were severely beaten, bound, and eventually thrown into prison. What was their crime? Doing the work of the Lord. Now in prison, these men of God were faced with the same dilemma you may be facing today. They had a choice to make. They had to decide whether or not they would trust God, even though they were imprisoned because of Him. I ask you, “Will you still trust Him when His perfect will leads you to persecution?”
The above verses tell us that Paul and Silas began to sing while shackled in their cell. As they glorified God in the midst of their trial, I can see the hand of the Lord reaching down from heaven and shaking the foundations of the prison. They did not wait for God to deliver them before they praised Him. In fact, they sang without knowing whether He’d rescue them or not. Deliverance was not the motive behind their praise. Paul and Silas were set free because they trusted God wholeheartedly despite of their unfavorable circumstance.
I encourage you to sing to your circumstance today! Dare to trust God no matter what, and He will never let you down.
Psalm 9:2 — I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High (NIV).
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