Songs are always popping in my head.
I don’t know why they do, but they do. And when they do, I sing them (usually out loud), just like my dad used to. It doesn’t matter where I am or who I’m around.
Now I don’t know what songs are playing in your head at random times, or what your go-to songs are to sing in the shower, but I believe it should matter to us as Christians.
More than how our voice sounds or if we will ever win American Idol, the truth and power that resides in singing songs of worship about our Savior, to our Savior, could hold the key to freeing you and those around you.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
Paul was adamant that joy in the Lord was in part our Christian duty, but equally our precious right as sons and daughters of the King. God’s presence with us, and our ongoing communion (walk) with Him will grant us joy in spite of all of our trouble, suffering, and blessing. Paul demonstrates that rejoicing can be “always” when it is rooted “in the Lord.”
What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
So may we be challenged by what Christ was able to accomplish as Paul and Silas found themselves shackled in a prison in Philippi.
22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. 23And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. 24Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened.
Read the rest of Acts 16 to see how rejoicing in the Lord led to supernatural freedom that lasted not just for an instance, but always and forever. Rejoicing led to freedom, which in turn brought glory to God and freedom to others.
So sing a new song today, and everyday for that matter, because “The joy of the Lord is our strength,” and may in turn be someone else’s salvation!
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