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Paul Praises God In Prison

on July 17, 2015

paul praises God in prisionMemory Verse: Acts 16:26

Life Application: Others are effected by our worship to God.

Bible Text:

Acts 16:22-25

Ephesians 5:19-20

Colossians 3:16

Isaiah 26:3

Psalm 5:11-12

Psalm 94:22-23

Psalm 18:6

Psalm 56:3-4

Psalm 118:10-11

2 Timothy 4:17-18

Psalm 118:14-18

Isaiah 12:2

Psalm 118:19-21

Psalm 118:22-24

Psalm 118:25-29

Acts 16:26

Paul and Silas had been arrested, beaten and thrown into jail. The jailer was instructed to keep them securely locked up. He put them in the inner prison and fastened their feet in stocks.

Acts 16:22-25 NKJV

“Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And when they had many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely. Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks. But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.”

From the deepest, darkest part of the prison at the darkest time of the night, a song of praise and honor unto God arose. Paul and Silas began singing a hymn to God. Not about God, but to God. They were ministering to the Lord in their time of need. They were desperate men. They knew what they facing. But they also knew that they were not alone – God was with them.

Ephesians 5:19-20 NKJV

“…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”

Paul was no stranger to praising God in every situation and in every circumstance. In Ephesus he encouraged the Christians to sing (and say) psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. In his letter to the church at Colosse, Paul instructed them to teach and admonish each other in psalms, hymns and in spiritual songs.

Colossians 3:16 NKJV

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

Paul had an intimate relationship with God. He knew that the Holy Spirit was living in him and that he was God’s dwelling place. He was at perfect peace, knowing that God was with them, even in the midst of their troubles

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“You will keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on You,

Because he trusts in You.”

God delivers His people from bondage and He provides for their needs. He gives salvation and physical blessings. Paul knew and believed beyond a shadow of doubt that God was able to deliver them with miraculous intervention, just as He had in the past. Paul was committed to the Lord and he placed his trust solely in Him.

Psalm 5:11-12 NKJV

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You: Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name

Be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.”

Like Paul, we must place our trust in God alone. God protects and cares for His people. He is our help, refuge and shield.

Psalm 94:22-23 NKJV

“But the Lord has been my defense,

And my God the rock of my refuge. He has brought on them their own iniquity,

And shall cut them off in their own wickedness; The Lord our God shall cut them off.”

We should praise God because He is our shelter and protection. Paul was able to praise because he knew that the Lord was his shelter and protection from danger and trouble.

Psalm 18:6 NKJV

“In my distress I called upon the Lord,

And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple,

And my cry came before Him, even to His ears.”

The Lord hears our cries and our prayers. God always meets the needs of His people. When we are surrounded by the enemy, and overtaken by trouble and sorrow we must remember to cry out to the one who can deliver us.

Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV

“Whenever I am afraid,

I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word),

In God I will put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?”

We should praise God because He is on our side. Paul was able to praise because he knew that God was on his side, that God was for him and not against him. He praised God for who He was, despite being locked up in a dirty, dark dungeon. Even though it might have seemed that they was all alone, Paul and Silas knew that God was there with them.

Psalm 118:10-11 NKJV

“All nations surround me,

But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. They surrounded me,

Yes, they surrounded me; But in the name of the Lord I will destroy them.”

We should praise God because He will triumph. Paul was able to praise because he knew that the Lord would triumph. The Lord will destroy our enemies. Even when we are completely encircled by our enemies, we can rest in the peace of knowing that our Lord will triumph over our enemies. Our help comes from the Lord. Because of His help we will triumph.

Psalm 118:12-13 NKJV

“They surround me like bees; They were quenched like a fire of thorns; For in the name of the Lord I will destroy them. You pushed me violently, that I might fall,

But the Lord helped me.”

We should praise God because He is our help. Paul was able to praise because he knew the Lord as his help. No matter how difficult the circumstance, God will empower us and give us strength to triumph over our adversary. Throughout Paul’s life, God continually empowered him and gave him strength to preach the truth.

2 Timothy 4:17-18 NKJV

“But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and forever. Amen!”

We should praise God because He is our song of strength. Paul was able to praise because he knew the Lord was his song of strength. He was able to praise God and rejoice because he knew that the Lord would deliver him and that he would live to declare the works of the Lord.

Psalm 118:14-18 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation

Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. I shall not die, but live,

And declare the works of the Lord. The Lord has chastened me severely,

But He has not given me over to death.”

Exodus 15:2 NKJV

“The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will exalt Him. My Father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

Isaiah 12:2 NKJV

“Behold, God is my salvation,

I will trust and not be afraid; For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song;

He also has become by salvation.”

We should praise God because He is our salvation. Paul was able to praise because he knew that the Lord was his salvation.

Psalm 118:19-21 NKJV

“Open to me the gates of righteousness; I will go through them,

And I will praise the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord,

Through which the righteous shall enter. I will praise You,

For You have answered me, And have become my salvation.”

He was able to praise because he knew Jesus as his Savior. He knew that Jesus was the gate or door to salvation. We can praise God because we know that Jesus saves us from the penalty of sin and He rescues us from an eternity separated from God.

We should praise God because He is our Chief Cornerstone. Paul was able to praise because he knew the Lord was his chief cornerstone.

Psalm 118:22-24

“The stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

He was able to praise because he knew that God can turn rejection into direction. When people refuse to believe you or believe in you, God can turn the situation around. When faced with rejection for Christ’s sake we can still rejoice because we know that God will use it for His glory, if we keep our eyes on Him.

We should praise God because He is God and worthy of our praise. Paul was able to praise because he knew the Lord was God and that his praise blessed the Lord. He declared in the chains of the enemy that the Lord God was his God, and that he was going to exalt His name. Nothing was going to stop him from honoring and lifting up the name of the Lord. Paul glorified the Lord even in his darkest hours. He knew that the mercy of God never runs out.

Psalm 118:25-29 NKJV

“Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, I pray, send now prosperity.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.

God is the Lord, And He has given us light; Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horn of the altar. You are my God, and I will praise You: You are my God, I will exalt You. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

For His mercy endures forever.”

As Paul and Silas began to minister to God by telling Him what He meant to them and how much they loved Him, power was released. Power to break chains and shackles, power to open doors, power to save, power to heal, and power to restore. Our praise (blessing the name of the Lord) not only has an effect on us, it effects those around us. Through praise, chains and shackles are broken, doors are opened and freedom (salvation) comes.

Paul and Silas were not the only ones in the deep, dark dungeon. There were other men there also. It is quiet possible that many of them had lost all hope. Not only were the other prisoners physically in bondage, but they were also in emotional and spiritual bondage. They were depressed and oppressed by the enemy – they were in the chains of the enemy. When Paul and Silas began to pray and to sing a song of praise to God (hymn) the other prisoners were listening. As they sat there in the dark listening to Paul and Silas minister to God their faith was renewed. Hope began to replace despair. Even though everything around them still looked dark, the light of God began to fill the place.

Acts 16:26 NKJV

“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 chains were loosed.”

In the Light of God, evil cannot stay. Doors will be opened and chains will be broken. Not only will we be set free but those that are depressed and oppressed will be set free also.

Review

1. From the deepest, darkest part of the prison Paul and Silas began singing a hymn to God – not about God, but ____ ______.

2. Paul and Silas were ______________________ to the Lord in their time of need.

3. Paul and Silas were desperate men. What does desperate mean?

4. Paul had an _______________ ___________________________ with God.

5. God was with Paul and Silas even in the ____________ of their troubles.

6. God delivers His people from bondage, _________________ for their needs, gives _____________________ and physical blessings.

7.Does the Lord hear your prayers?

8. Does God always meets the needs of His people?

9. God is on your side -He is for you and not __________________ you.

10. The Lord will ________________ your enemies.

11. We can rest in peace knowing that our ___________ comes from the Lord.

12. No matter how difficult the circumstance, God will _________________ us and give us strength to triumph over our adversary.

13. What does deliver mean?

14. Jesus is the gate or door to salvation. What does that mean?

15. God can turn ___________________ into direction.

16. When faced with rejection for Christ’s sake we can still rejoice because we know that God will use it for His ______________.

17. As Paul and Silas began to minister to God what happened?

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