Songs from the Prison Cell

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, ‭‭Acts‬ ‭16:25‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Many believers have wrong assumptions of what it means to praise and worship God. They assume: Praise and worship is something you do only at church.  Praise and worship is something you do only when things are going well in life.  Praise and worship is something for people who are musically inclined.  Paul and Silas understood that worship and praise, combined with prayer, are powerful forces that pierce spiritual darkness,… Read More

Praise God – Even When You Ain’t Feelin’ It!

Decisions are stronger than emotions.  The man who chooses to be faithful to his marriage through times of trial is stronger than the one who so easily “falls out of love.” The teenager who chooses to do the right thing, despite being ridiculed is stronger than the one who tries to fit in, no matter the cost.  The employee who refuses to compromise her values at the price of her promotion is stronger than the one whose end seems to justify her means.  And when it comes to worshipping God, the one… Read More

Why You Should Praise The Lord Anyhow

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! (‭Psalm‬ ‭100‬:‭1-2‬ ESV) Must you be happy to make a joyful noise? Is it possible to be glad even when you don’t feel glad? Can you sing when you don’t have a song? One of the most powerful and liberating truths I’ve learned is that worship is a choice. Although often accompanied by a variety of appropriate emotions, worship is not rooted in my feelings, but in my will. I choose… Read More

Two Ways to Praise

Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory; his holy arm has shown his saving power! Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy! (Psalms 98:1, 4 NLT) Praising God does something IN me. It does something TO me. It does something FOR me. This morning I listened to the news update regarding the tragic deaths caused by a massive tornado that ripped through Oklahoma. That news prompted me to pray for… Read More