Ed Young Television Devotional
Title: Singing In the Dark
Topics: God, Joy, Music
“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.”– Acts 16:25-26
We would probably all agree that life is not easy. But there are times that are much harder than others. In the case of Paul and Silas, it was a really bad time. They were chained up and in prison. The Bible also tells us that they had just been severely flogged before this (Acts 16: 24-26). The jailer then put them in the inner cell - the worst part of the prison - and had their feet put in stocks to make sure they weren’t going anywhere. And after all this, Paul and Silas still chose to pray and SING. How is this possible?
The answer to this question is – the Gospel. It is important that we understand that Christ loved us so much that He lived, died, and rose again so that we can spend eternity with Him. When we understand and accept this we can have hope and joy that transcends anything the world throws at us. In the midst of our adversities we can leverage music to activate our faith. Music can remind us that we are loved by God and our future is secure in Him no matter what. Utilize this gift to help you to lift your eyes to Him and be reminded of His power and love.
Thank God for His promise of an eternity with Him through Christ. Ask Him to help you praise Him through music in the midst of your adversity today.
Choose a worship song such as “The Old Rugged Cross," “How Great Though Art” or one from your favorite worship CD. Shut your eyes and really listen to the words. Be reminded from these words what He did for us because He loves us.
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