After being beaten, Paul and Silas were thrown into the inner prison cell of darkness. They were chained, but they knew a truth that would set them free. A truth that can set all of us free from whatever bondage we are in. In the midnight bleakness they began to pray and sing praises to the only one who could release them from their prison. Suddenly, a violent earthquake shook the prison, the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose! The jailer was so terrified that he asked, “What must I do to be saved?”
Paul and Silas had much to complain about and even more they could have worried about concerning their future, but they chose to sing instead. It was the right choice!
After the praises went up to God not only were Paul and Silas set free physically but also the jailer and his family were set free spiritually. (Acts 16:22-34)
The Psalms are filled with every emotion we will ever experience. David pours out his heart to God many times starting in despair with his eyes focused on his circumstances, but somewhere in the singing the focus changes. He gets it right. His eyes are set upon the King, the Healer, the Deliver, and praise rises up and fills his spirit, calms his emotions and brings peace.
Often we don’t feel like singing, but it is just what we need. After surgery, when I could barely make it down the steps, I knew I needed to play and sing to the God who had got me through it all. I had so little energy it was very difficult to sing, but I had to pour out my heart to Him. He is so worthy of our praise!
During a recent struggle I remember singing a song by Plumb that voiced my despair:
How many times have you heard me cry out
"God please take this?”
How many times have you given me strength to
Just keep breathing?
Oh I need you
God, I need you now.
Like many of David’s psalms this song cries out to God for rescue. As I sang this over and over God set me free from worry and gave me peace about the situation.
Maybe you need a song in the night to set you free from the oppression you are under. Maybe you just need to get your eyes off your circumstance and refocused on Him. Put on some praise music or make up your own song. Sing a song unto the Lord. Sing with all your heart, mind and strength. You will be glad you did!
Need You Now - Plumb