Happy Monday. “God is to be praised with the voice, and the heart should go therewith in holy exaltation.” –Charles Spurgeon
I have always been captured by the story of Paul and Silas and their response to being in prison, in stocks, and suffering from a beating.
“At midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God…” Acts 16:25
Now the “rest of the story.” They were set free, won the jailer and his family to Christ, and there was rejoicing.
How could they sing? Did they feel like it? We can only guess.
A fixed heart will sing. Psalms 57:7. They were committed to a right attitude.
Psalms 13:6 says grateful hearts will sing, but what were they grateful for? Was it just their choice to praise?
David’s words might have come to mind that singing and praising pleases God even more than sacrifices (Psalms 69:30, 31). Even in pain they wanted to please God.
As we think of the powerful conversion of Paul, and what a changed man he became, God must have put a “new song in his mouth” and as Psalms 40:3 says, many could see his song and trust in the Lord. Thus, the jailer’s conversion.
Though it was a midnight time, they had read in the scroll, “God gives songs in the night.” Psalms 77:6
David had also said in Psalms 59:16 that he sang because of God’s power and defense!
God wants us to sing, from a heart fixed on Him!
I hear you—“Who me? I can’t sing.”
Henry Van Dyke once said, “What if only the best birds joined in singing? Wouldn’t the woods be silent?”
The sad story in Psalms 137 tells of the Jews in captivity, who hung their harps on a willow tree and refused to sing among their captors.
They lost their song and were dying a slow death because of discouragement and self-pity.
The question should come to each one of us, “How’s my song?”
The second verse of a song my daughter Becky wrote some years ago says,
“The song of my life has ceased to rhyme
The chords are all out of key!
All gone are the songs of the springtime,
But the Master still has use for me!”
The chorus goes on victoriously:
“He won’t discard the pieces
He holds them in His hand
And with His tender mercy
He’ll love and understand.
No matter how I’m broken,
I’ll still be called His child.
He won’t discard the pieces,
He’ll use me after awhile.”
“Come before His presence with singing.”