by: Dick Cain
Believers in Jesus Christ have an unusual custom: They sing through their troubles.
This custom started early in the life of the church. In Acts 16, an angry mob in Philippi physically assaults Paul and Silas. They incarcerate them and “about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them…” (16:25).
Why did they sing through their suffering? Martin Luther’s explain the power of music for believers:
“Music is a fair and glorious gift of God.
I would not for the world forego my humble share of music.
Singers are never sorrowful, but are merry,
and smile through their troubles in song.
Music makes people kinder, gentler, more staid and reasonable.
I am strongly persuaded that after theology
there is no art than can be placed on a level with music;
for besides theology, music is the only art
capable of affording peace and joy of the heart…
the devil flees before the sound of music
almost as much as before the Word of God.”
Pray and ask the Lord to show you who He is and what He has promised you as you hear His Word, pray His Word, and sing His Word this coming Sunday!