Saturday, May 12, 2012

Victory Through Praise

"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 foundation of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed." Acts 16:25-26

Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into jail for bringing deliverance to a slave girl. The woman, possessed with a spirit of divination, was enabled to tell fortunes. Her exorcism infuriated her masters because she was no longer able to bring them money through her fortune-telling.

Paul and Silas felt raw pain after being beaten with rods, they sensed the darkness inside their dank prison cell, yet they began to sing. They sang praise choruses to God Almighty at midnight. And in their midnight hour the Lord shook the prison cell and knocked the prison doors down.

When we are faced with circumstances that encamp around us, when the enemy tries to imprison us, when darkness covers us like a thick blanket, God has victory in store. In the middle of the storm, we can lift our voices and praise the One who saved us. Our praises cause the enemy's walls to fall flat. The joy of the Lord is our strength. He is our victory, our freedom!

Let's let our praises to God arise! Let's shout unto God with a voice of triumph! We will see the enemy pulverized beneath our feet. Praise silences Satan (see Matthew 21:16 and Psalm 8:2). Hallelujah to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords who always gives to us the victory!

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