Message for March 4, 2012

And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.  Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in stocks.  But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.”  Acts 16:23-25 (NKJV)    

“I can sing in the troubled times, sing when I win.  I can sing when I lose my step and fall down again.  I can sing cause you pick me up, sing cause your there.  I can sing cause you hear me Lord, when I call to you in prayer.  I can sing with my last breath, sing cause I know that I’ll sing with the angels and the saints around the throne.”     Midnight singing-singing at the worse possible time.  It is singing in our darkest hour.  It is singing when we must force the song to rise above the circumstances.  It is singing from a source unrelated to our present condition.  It is not an act, but rather a connection with a source of victory so powerful it cannot be ignored or dismissed as trivial.  When we can sing in that kind of atmosphere, those around us can hear.  When we “sing.” there is a strain of hope that flows out that will cause “prisoners” to stop and listen.  At your midnight hour keep on singing; there is somebody that is listening.  You never know what they might hear. You do not have to “sing” in order to “sing”.  When you declare the power and Glory of God, you are “singing His praises”.

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