Mar. 6, 2021

Earth shattering praise

Earth shattering praise
Acts 16:25-26 (TPT)
Paul and Silas, undaunted, prayed in the middle of the night and sang songs of praise to God, while all the other prisoners listened to their worship.Suddenly, a great earthquake shook the foundations of the prison. All at once every prison door flung open and the chains of all the prisoners came loose.

To set this verse in context, Paul and Silas were imprisoned for preaching the gospel of Christ. While imprisoned, they decided to worship God and proclaim His praises. Although back then,  prisoners were chained,  praising God while still being chained resulted in an earthquake which released all the prisoners from their chains and flung open the prison doors for all. Not only did Paul and Silas' praise release them from prison, however all the rest of the prisoners were released as well. Praise resulted in freedom from chains and shackles and open doors. If you are looking for open doors or opportunities, then start singing praises to God. If you are bound by the enemy, start praising God for your freedom. If you are sick and afflicted, praise God for healing. If you are entrenched in sin and bondage, praise God for redemption. Regardless of what the problem may be, praise is the solution. As a children's song goes, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noon time, praise Him when the sun goes down. I have written a couple of years ago about praise bringing the victory in battle back in old testament times. Praise continues to work wonders and does bring the victory in every battle we are facing. Whether it be a battle for our health, or for our financial success, or for the salvation of our families, or whatever we need to get through the day, praise is the answer.  Although God is not an egomaniac requiring everyone to build up his ego, praising God drives the enemy crazy and he backs off. The enemy is allergic to God's presence and when God steps into the scene, the enemy scatters. As another song says let God arise and His enemies be scattered. God does arise when we praise Him and victory is ours. In closing, sing unto the Lord a new song. Amen.