"I will sing with the spirit
and I will also sing with the understanding,"
1 Corinthians 14'15.
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice," Philippians 4'4. For those who believe Jesus there is indeed much to rejoice, give thanks and sing about.
Saved, redeemed, immersed, filled and more.
Believers sing! Especially so when they are gathered together. But who would sing in prison?
"... at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening ...".
These two travelling preachers found themselves imprisoned - unjustly. In spite of that they prayed and sang to God. Who would not pray, but sing?
But their fervent faith sounded out in the dark, dank, no doubt dirty, probably pest-infested, prison in prayers and songs. Everyone heard them. And so did their heavenly Father!
He shook the earth so much that the prison doors came adrift, resulting in havoc which shook the Keeper of the prison in more serious ways than one. Consequently, he and his family believed and were saved (Acts 16'16-34).
The two men's godly behaviour was testimony indeed.
Joyous thanksgiving arises from the hearts of those who repent and receive the Lord. Being born-again from above, justified, reconciled, adopted by God, Believers are given sonship and worship emanates from them. And here's why:
"... because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts crying out, 'Abba, Father!'," Galatians 4'6.
"... you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, 'Abba, Father'," Romans 8'15.
In harmony with the Holy Spirit Believers speak out, sing their praises and thansksgivings to the Father in worship.
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