SINGING PRAISES


STANDING STRONG THROUGH THE STORM

SINGING PRAISES
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After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed
men to sing to the LORD and
to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as
they went out at the head of
the army, saying: “Give thanks to the LORD, for
his love endures forever.” As
they began to sing and praise, the LORD set
ambushes against the men of Ammon
and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading
Judah, and they were defeated. 2
Chronicles 20:21-22

The overflow of
singing praises amid great difficulties has tremendous
spiritual power for
helping to win the spiritual battle. Paul and Silas set
the biblical pattern
in the prison in Philippi. Pastor Jack Hayford enjoys
sharing the story as
told by his favourite black preacher. Paul and Silas’
prison cell singing was
heard all the way to the throne room of God. He began
to tap his toe to the
music. Since heaven is His throne and the earth is His
footstool; that
created an earthquake!!!

Ivan Antonov spent twenty-four years in Russian
prison camps for preaching the
gospel. He later shared how he
survived:

I would sing hymns. I was really glad that I knew so many. I
had memorized
about one hundred seventy hymns, and in order not to forget
them, I reviewed
several every day. So over a time, I sang through all of
them. I want to
emphasize to my young friends that you should worship God
with songs and poems
and memorize them. They will come in handy…I sang
hymns every morning and at
night before going to bed…In those quiet
[morning] hours, I would go outside
in the fresh air and sing hymns of praise
to God and pray. Then I went in for
breakfast with everyone
else.[1]

China’s notable pastor Wang Ming-dao shared upon his release
from prison that
he frequently sang praises to God to buoy his spirits. The
songs that meant
the most to him were “All The Way My Saviour Leads Me” and
“Safe In The Arms
Of Jesus.”

His contemporary, Allen Yuan shared with
me two songs which he repeatedly sang
aloud throughout his nearly twenty-two
years in prison. One was “The Old
Rugged Cross” and the other “Psalm
Twenty-Seven” from the Chinese Psalter. It
was always an emotional highlight
to hear him sing these songs.

RESPONSE: Today I will sing praises to the
Lord my God.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to rejoice and sing praises to You,
especially when I
feel the challenges of spiritual warfare.

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