Liberation Through Praise
16TH AUGUST 2020
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed. [Acts 16:25–26, NKJV]
In the earlier verses of Acts 16, Paul cast out an evil spirit from a slave girl and earned himself and Silas a night in jail. This was as a result of the displeasure of the girl’s masters because they used to profit from the evil spirit’s fortune-telling. That, in itself, is a lesson on the depravity of man, so much so that people were willing to profit off both the physical and spiritual bondage of this girl.
The real beauty, however, is what happened that night in the prison cells. As we have read, Paul and Silas spent a good part of the night praying and singing hymns. We do not know what they sang, or how good (or bad) their voices were, but it caught the attention of the other prisoners, and they listened to them. All of a sudden, the ground trembled, the prison shook, the doors opened, and the chains fell off both the singers and their listeners.
This was not God’s first prison break; Peter had already escaped prison miraculously in Acts 12. However, this time around, by virtue of the praise and prayer of two men, an entire prison was liberated, and before the end of the day, the jailer and his family gave their lives to Christ.
Child of God, let your praise be heard. God still inhabits the praise of His people, and when He shows up, there will be deliverance for you and those that hear you.
Even in your darkest seasons, let your praise be heard.
Imagine if Paul and Silas had spent the night quietly crying in fear. They would have stifled the power of God. Do not let that be your story. Let the praise out and wait for God’s deliverance.
Father, I choose to praise You even in the low moments when I feel bound. You alone be glorified, Amen.
Further Reading: Psalm 19:1–4, Acts 16:16–34
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