”About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” - (Acts 16:25)
Paul and Silas are in prison for preaching the gospel. They do not know what the next day will bring. They are at their lowest point ever. They have followed God faithfully, and they’re ready to face whatever He may have in store for them, be it life or death.
How can they be singing? How can they be worshiping at a time like this? Although music does have the power to cheer us up, I do not believe this is the case. I believe that their hearts and minds were focused on God, and not on their circumstances.
Worship comes from the heart. It is an overflow of expression when we see God for who He is. Paul and Silas knew that God was in control, and their confidence poured out in worship to Him.
Do you find it hard to worship when you’re going through a tough time? Focus your attention on God rather than your circumstances, and your praise will overflow! Not only will it allow God to work in your heart and life, but others around you will begin to notice as well. The other prisoners were listening to Paul and Silas worship, and when God sent a great earthquake, all of the doors opened, and everyone’s chains fell off. When others see you worship through hard times, they are blessed as well.
In Christ, Amy Smith