Praise in Spite of Pain
I got an email the other day from a friend, right after I had preached on Psalm 40 and the similarities to Psalm 70. After that, I read through a short book by Matt Redman, The Unquenchable Worshipper. All those thoughts began to come together, and I wanted to connect a few pieces.
"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them."-- Acts 16:25Singing and praising and thanksgiving all go together.Paul and Silas had been beaten with many stripes, cast into prison, their feet were in the stocks. But at midnight they prayed and sang praises unto God. Aloud. And the prisoners heard them.Most people in similiar circumstances would have griped and complained something like this.Silas: Paul, are you still there?Paul; Silas, where else could I possibly be?Silas: I'll tell you my poor back is hurting me so bad. I don't understand why God sent this on us. I don't understand why God let this happen to us. He knows I've tried to serve Him and do my best.That kind of praying would have gotten them further in instead of out. God didn't have them thrown in jail. The devil did. But there's truth and instruction here to help us in our midnight hour, the hour of test, of trial, when the storms of life come. That's a time to pray and praise and sing and give thanks!Confession: I praise and thank God at all times. I don't ever have a "poor old me" attitude. I keep an attitude of praise.