The Apostle of Praise: Paul
In Acts 16 we find the model of growing through suffering.
THE POWER TO SING THROUGH OUR PAIN
Verse 25: “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and “hunmeo” singing hymns (Greek: hunmeo) to God…”
You say, “What were they singing?” We know what they were singing because hunmeo doesn’t just mean randomly singing, it is the same word that is used at the Last Supper with Jesus Christ. It says in that Scripture that when they had sung a hymn (hunmeo) they went out. It was the Greek language translating the Hebrew events that always meant that they were singing from the Psalms.
Look at Psalm 113 with me because we know what Paul was singing in the prison. Growing up for years, I wondered what would they have been singing ? What songs were popular back then? Well, the word that is used tells us. That is one of the blessings of the Greek language—it gives us insights that we can enjoy even in English.
In Psalm 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118 and 136 were the “hunmeo” (hymns) that the Jews sang at special events. Remember they did not have the New Testament yet.
In Psalm 113 I want to show you how to praise the Lord even through the pain. Now I don’t know what pain you are going through. You might be going through family pain, or social pain, or physical pain, emotional pain. You might even be going through financial pain. You can sing through the pain if you get these words. Can you imagine Paul bent over and bleeding in a dark stinky prison with no ventilation, no sanitary facilities, no pest removal service to kill all the vermin.
This is what Paul is singing: Psalm 113
Praise the LORD!
Praise, O servants of the LORD,
Praise the name of the LORD!
Blessed be the name of the LORD
From this time forth and forevermore!
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