Water trickled down the wall following the twists and turns of the mildewed stone. It wasn’t a great amount of water only a few droplets seeping through the ceiling of the cell. It wasn’t fresh water. It was the sweating of the rock, condensation that formed between the crevices, and pooled in a brown puddle near to where he laid. Each drop rang out like the hammering of steel upon a smith’s anvil. Each putrid splash reminded Paul of his current predicament. His head ached. His back was bloody and bruised. He had little feeling in his legs. Drop after drop. Splash after splash. It was all he could hear in that dark, dank, dungeon. It was the droning on of disappointment, missed opportunities, lack luster days, and failure.
Psalms 114:2-5, “Judah was His sanctuary, and Israel His dominion. The sea saw it and fled: Jordan was driven back. The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs. What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest…”
When God showed up, the Bible records that the sea fled, and the Jordan River was driven back. When God showed up, the Bible tells that the mountains skipped like rams and the hills acted like lambs. The writer is mocking the sea when he asks, “what ailed thee…”. What was it that got the Red Sea’s attention? It was the prescience of Almighty God.
John 1:36 records John the Baptist heralding the approach of Jesus. Two men heard what John said and followed Him – one of which being Andrew. Andrew went and found Simon, later called Peter. Jesus said to Phillip, follow me and he did but first he searched out Nathaniel. And it all began with one man recognizing the prescience of God.
Praising God has a domino effect in your life. When you do your part, God does His part. We simply cannot express sadness and gladness at the same time. God meets our indifference with indifference but when we respond, when we lift up our voices and recognize who He really is – great things happen.
Pushing himself upright, Paul attempted to straighten himself. He had listened to the droning for too long. “Silas,” he called out. “Silas, do you remember that chorus we sang last Sunday?”
“I think so,” responded Silas wearily. “Why?” he asked as he tried to sit up.
“How did it go?” questioned Paul as sit up a little straighter.”
Silas parted his lips and began to utter the words. The words that would shake the entire world. The words that open the prison doors. The words that would free them from what had been. Silas began to sing praises unto God and God showed out. The bible records in Acts 16:25, “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God and the prisoners heard them.” Verse 26 says, “And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened,”
It does not matter that the devil has told you that there is no way out. Praise moves things in your physical world. It was midnight – it was as dark as it could get for Paul and Silas but when they began to praise God things changed. I want you to know that the devil is not going to win. There are blessings in the future. God has good things in store for you. Everything is going to be alright. It’s time for you to start praising God and watch what He can do.
Praise will have a domino effect in your life. Use your mouth. Invite God into your home with praise and watch things fall into place. It is my prayer this week that if you will by faith lift God up with praise, that good things will happen.
PS. God will not lower his standards for you. Reckless living has consequences. But God will pick you up and restore you. Job 14:7-9, “…there is hope…a tree, if it be cut down…though the root thereof wax old in the earth…yet through the scent of water it will bud…”