“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them SING joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with JOY.”Psalms 5:11 NLT
To sing praises when you’re shackled to prison walls (Paul & Silas) after enduring undeserved suffering as a result of doing ministry – you have to believe that the God you serve truly is working all things for your good and His glory (Romans 8:28.) How did the early followers of Jesus do it? How could Paul and Silas sing praise when they should feel broken-down? (Acts 16:16-40)
Paul had seen Jesus. Walked with Him and spent time with Him. Silas was a teacher and leader in the church but that isn’t what made him strong. He had spent time getting to know the true character of the God we serve – His strength came from God. He had a belief and faith that was deeply rooted so when he accompanied Paul on a mission trip to Philippi he was not shaken by the difficult circumstances they encountered.
Why do we allow things to fill the empty spaces in our day that have no eternal value? What if we made God a priority instead of a convenience or afterthought? What if we spent more time consuming His Word and filling our hearts and minds with songs that proclaim the fame of His great name? What would we be able to accomplish for Him as a result of the fear that would fall off and the faith that would rise up?
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