Put Your Praise On It
‘But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the [other] prisoners were listening to them…’
– Acts 16:25 (AMP)
A brisk study of the books of Acts chapter 16 shows that Paul and Silas were thrown in Prison for doing a good thing, casting out a demon from a slave girl.
Imagine being beaten and disgraced publicly for following God’s instruction!
As if that is not enough, you get thrown into prison with criminals without trial just because you set a possessed slave girl free from demonic oppression.
However in all this, what did Bro. Paul and Silas do, moan? complain? No, Not at all. Rather they went into divine conversation and raised their voice in praise. It was not even in hush tone but a loud, bold, rancorous session.
Now, who does that in a prison? I thought prison was for sobriety and reflection, and praise is supposed to follow a breakthrough. No!
Praise precedes and heralds the breakthrough. If you can’t praise while in prison, you may probably feel too ‘dignified’ to dance when you are free.
Remember the Israelites, they walked around with their horns and trumpets for seven days, then the great wall of Jericho came crashing down at their praise chant on the seventh day (Joshua 6).
Also, the three Hebrew governors were seen walking, most likely in a praise-party in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3).
Jesus gave thanks over the five loaves and two fish before the multiplication happened. (Luke 9:16, Matthew 14:19)
Beloved, don’t wait till you have that testimony before putting your praise on
Dear Heavenly Father, I praise you for who you are. Thank you for a new day. Thank you for making all grace to abound to me. Thank you for blessing me with all spiritual blessings. Thank you for my victory is total and complete. I put my trust in you alone. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.