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Praising God At Midnight (3 of 6)
Dr. Stan Coffey
November 19, 1995
What a time together this morning. I appreciate so much the choir, the music ministry and this testimony. It just blessed my heart this morning.
I want you to turn if you will to Acts chapter 16. We're in a message series called "Baskets of Blessings". And it comes from the story of the children of Israel when they came to the land flowing with milk and honey. The Lord said, "When you get in that land I want you to remember the blessings that God has given you. I want you to take the first fruits of what the Lord has given you, place it in a basket. I want you to bring it before the Lord and bow down and worship because of the blessings."
It reminds us of what the Psalmist said, "Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits." What a time we're going to have as a church family as we come December 3rd to a great banquet time. You want to be hear. No charge for the banquet. We're going to have a feast together. But, we're going to bring our baskets of blessings before the Lord and we're going to worship him. What a times of praise that's going to be.
Now, in connection with that I want to speak today on "Praising God at Midnight", because the pathway from the prison to the palace is the pathway of praise. Acts 16 Paul and Silas have been placed in prison for preaching the word of God and for coming directly the forces of Satan. They're involved in intensive spiritual warfare. In prison they've been beaten. Their backs are bloody.
The Bible says they have been placed in the innermost prison. They've been placed in the hole. They've been placed in that place where the most hardened criminals are incarcerated. They've been placed in a dark, damp, dingy, dirty, filthy dungeon. They've been placed in stocks so their muscles are stretched to their limit. Their whole body is cramping and they can hardly breathe because their lungs are restricted by the stocks and bonds into which they've been placed.
Now they could have done many things. They could have said, "Lord, how could you let this happen to us? We're doing exactly what you said to do. Lord, we've been preaching the word. We've been getting people saved. You told us to come to Europe. You gave us a vision. A man in the night said 'Come over here to Macedonia and help us'. God, we've been obedient to you and look where obedience has landed us and look at how we've been treated. Lord, this is not right. God this is not fair."
But the Bible says they did none of that. But we read in God's word "But at midnight" beginning with verse 25, "At midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God and the prisoners heard them. And 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 han ...
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