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Singing and Praying

July 14, 2018

The rest of the story from yesterday here: About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening.

They weren’t showing off. Not stunting. Not playing to the crowd.

They were praying and singing hymns of praise to God. 

See me right now avoid any all temptation to compare them and their singing to those early Methodists who were criticized for singing both too much and too loudly.

Instead, see the focus of their singing. They were praying and singing hymns of praise to God.

A great line, variously attributed, is “The person who sings prays twice.”

Paul and Silas were in prison doing both: praying and singing hymns of praise to God. 

Sing to the LORD, all the earth, says Psalm 96:1. That includes you and me. All of us.

As Soren Kierkegaard wrote, “God is the audience.”

Keeping that great line its original context —

God is the audience.

God’s watching.

The congregation,

they are the actors in this drama.

Worship is their show.

And the minister is

just reminding the people

of their forgotten lines.

— May it be so of us.

And the others around us? As Acts 16:25 says, About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

But they were praying and singing hymns to God. 

May we do the same.

 

 

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