"... speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,"
"... teaching and admonishing one another
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord" Colossians 3'16.
"I will sing with the spirit
and I will also sing with the understanding,"
1 Corinthians 14'15.
Believers sing. Redeemed, immersed, filled, free, and more, we have much to rejoice about. And rejoicing includes singing. That's why Believers sing! Especially when they are gathered together. But in prison?
Well, Paul and Silas sang and prayed in prison. As part of being travelling preachers they found themselves imprisoned and they prayed and sang to God. Who wouldn't pray? But sing?
Nevertheless, their fervent prayers and hymns sounded out in the dark prison. Everyone heard them. And so did their heavenly Father!
He shook the earth so much that the prison doors came adrift. That resulted in havoc among the prisoners. And it shook the Keeper of the Prison - in more ways than one. The result? He and his family believed and were saved (Acts 16'16-34).
Joyful thanksgiving arises in the words of songs sung by those who are born again. Being redeemed, justified and reconciled to God they harmonise with the Holy Spirit in worship.
"... 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.