In less than 24 hours – Paul and Silas were harassed by a demon, falsely accused, dragged through the city, arrested, stripped naked, beaten, flogged, imprisoned and chained to the floor of a dark, cold, rat infested dungeon.
And what did they do?!?!
They threw their heads back and belted out songs of praise to their God – who COULD have kept the pain away – because they knew their suffering was light and momentary compared to the JOY that awaited them in heaven!!!
Ah, our God loves it when we sing and pray when everything in us wants to rant and rave!!! He’s pleased when we surrender to HIS ways, persuaded that He, the one with the pen knows the end from the beginning!!!
When Paul and Silas put on that concert in the dark, the very foundations of the earth shook so violently that ALL the prison doors swung open and EVERY chain that held EACH prisoner to the floor, snapped in two!!
Without a doubt, a sacrifice of praise brings our God to His feet and compels Him to applaud!!!!!
And when GOD stands up and claps His hands, chains fall off and hearts cry out, “What can we do to know your Jesus?!?!?”
When we find ourselves in a dungeon, WE HAVE BEEN CALLED TO SING!!!!!
So let’s BELT IT OUT, always mindful that we are surrounded by hearts that have no hope without Him!!!!!