“Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.” (Acts 16:25)
They were in a strange city far from home. They were bringing good news to people who didn’t want to hear it. They were resented and oppressed and mobbed. The angry town officials ordered them to be stripped, beaten and thrown into prison. They were humiliated publicly and chained in a dungeon with time to think about it. What was their response?
They prayed and sang songs of worship. In the dark. I want to be more like that when I grow up. I want to let my life sing even in the darkest hours, aware that others are watching and listening. I want to be all that God has called me to be.
I was reading about the nightingale this week. The remarkable little bird continues to sing even after sundown. Other birds are quiet, but the nightingale keeps on singing. The dark cannot silence the song. Darkness accents the song. The nightingale sings at night because that’s exactly how God designed it to be.
Me too. We are designed to worship him even in darkness, even in spite of it, even because of it. We are built for worship. In the midnight hour, God can empower a song.
So, may we not be discouraged by whatever unpleasant circumstances we are facing today. God might choose to glorify himself by our response to the dark. He may even give you a new song.
–What darkness are you facing?
–When was the last time you were able to make the choice to worship when you weren’t “feeling it?”