I woke up recently feeling downhearted about what is happening with the pandemic and all the possible terrible outcomes. Paul and Silas, two followers of Jesus Christ who lived during New Testament times, came to mind. I remembered this true story:
“After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and 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.” Acts 16:23-25
They were severely flogged. I can’t imagine the pain and torture of that. And then to be put into stocks so that they couldn’t even lay down properly. With torn and bleeding backs, what did they do? Did they cry, yell, complain, or curse God? They were treated unjustly. But they didn’t complain or curse. They began to pray and sing hymns to God! They were praising God so that it even ministered to the other prisoners. This helped them to endure.
Since remembering that, I have been spending more time singing and praising God. Listening to music that glorifies Him. Focusing on His glory instead of the trouble all around.
We can’t be filled with fear and worry at the same time that we are worshipping God.
Multiple Christian singers have provided live concerts free during this time. One group who has blessed me so much lives in Scotland. They are called Celtic Worship. Two of their band members did this live concert a few days ago. It is amazing and so uplifting. I hope it blesses you also.