Updated: Dec 19, 2022
(In The Darkest Hour, Sing Your Praise To God)
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
TO THE BIBLE: “For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.” (Acts 8:7-8)
Philip, the evangelist, had preached Christ in the city of Samaria, and the power of God’s Word prevailed so much that many were healed and set free from demons. The result was that the city erupted in great joy. Another time, Paul and Silas were cast into prison, persecuted for preaching the Gospel. Nevertheless, “at midnight,” (it doesn’t get darker than it gets at midnight), they prayed and sang praises to God, and the other prisoners heard them (Acts 16:25). They expressed their joy in spite of being shackled in jail for their faith in Jesus, and the result was a supernatural jailbreak. God shook up the prison, broke their bands and flung the gates open. They remained joyful in adversity and gave expression to their joy.
What are the expressions of joy? Well, laughter is an expression of joy. Praising God—being jubilant and enthusiastic with praise to Him—is another expression of joy. Singing songs of praise in thanksgiving is an expression of joy. The Bible says,“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms” (James 5:13). Joy is one of the fruits of the recreated human spirit (Galatians 5:22); therefore, your joy as a child of God should be independent of circumstances. It shouldn’t be based on what’s happening to you or around you; it shouldn’t have anything to do with what others say or do to you.
You can be joyful in the midst of trouble. You must learn to give expression to your joy. Always be cheerful and exuberant with praise, knowing that it takes a joyful and happy person to make others joyful and happy. If you’re not joyful, you can’t effectively preach the Gospel and win others to Christ.
Go Deeper: Job 5:22; 2 Chronicles 20:22; Isaiah 12:3
Speak: I thank you Father for making my life a bundle of joy and happiness. Your joy in my heart is my strength, and with joy, I draw out prosperity, peace, success, health and other blessings from deep within me today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading: ONE YEAR 2 Timothy 1:1-18, Isaiah 64-66
TWO YEAR John 7:32-44, 2 Kings 13-14
Act: John 7:32-44, 2 Kings 13-14