“. . . singing hymns of praise to God, . . .” Acts 16:25
The slave girl had been healed by Paul. That was only the beginning of more trouble. Without an opportunity to defend themselves, Paul and Silas were thrown into jail. They were branded as agitators and black-listed as Jews. When the bird is caged, all it can do is sing.
When Paul and Silas prayed and worshipped they were using a time-tested method of responding to suffering. While in his own depth of struggle, King David also sang to God “I will sing praises to the Lord,” or, with a loud voice he worshipped, “When my soul is in the dumps, I rehearse everything I know of you from Jordan to the Hermon Heights.”
Worship helps us to focus on the glorious eternal realities, singing cuts away the clouds of gloom that hang over dark moments. Worship helps us in times when we cannot produce our own words and we can draw upon the words of others.
Usually in times of distress our mind holds onto the eternal values of the Kingdom, but we have to bring our heart into contact with the truth to see to it, and we do not drift away from Him. In short, worship works. Because when we worship, God goes to work.
Singing songs of worship help truth travel down to the heart, and the use of music, the language of both heart and heaven, helps speed up the process. The objective truth we get from worship songs will always challenge our subjective feelings. When theology is set to melody, the result is our soul is sustained and the Spirit is free to bring about the miraculous. Then, we are able to praise God from the heart.
Truly worshipping God has a way of staying with us. Moments in His presence are lodged in our soul. Later Paul would reference this incident. In his letters to the Corinthians he wrote, “I’ve been jailed more often, beat up more times than I can count and at death’s door, time after time, but my humiliations have made me more like Jesus.”
Play a favorite worship song and sing along with it, push your heart through the lyrics and up to heaven.