Dear Hope family,
Thought for the Week
Singing in the Lockdown
Acts 16v23-25 “After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer … fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God and the other prisoners were listening to them.”
Paul and Silas were literally “locked down” in the stocks … but their spirits were free. They must have been in severe pain: covered with cuts and bruises; locked in one position with no way to turn over; potential of infection in the wounds; and the future was uncertain. But they knew God was with them in their seclusion and anguish. So to God they turn in prayer and in praise. Does praying and singing lift your spirit? I don’t know how in tune Paul and Silas were, but I am confident that it was filled with joy and passion! How are you doing in being with God in your new routines? Are you exercising your spirit in worship and prayer?
This outpouring of worship was not just of benefit to them. They were being listened to by others in the prison. I see this beautiful combination of worship to God and witness to the world. What are the people around you hearing? On social media, in the home, in the neighbourhood?
We’re a people of Hope, a people of encouragement, the people of God. Whatever our temporary situation, we have Easter behind us and eternity in front of us! May our lips and fingers be inspired by that. As the older hymn goes:
“Take my voice and let me sing,
always only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be,
filled with messages from thee.”
May God so fill you with his hope and joy that it overflows in a mighty stream,
With love and blessing,
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