Songs in the Night
April 9, 2006
INTRODUCTION: I preached as a student at Gardner Webb College (Acts 16:25-34). Students had assigned seating in chapel and Paul sat behind me. In that service, God did for him what He did for the Philippian jailer.
Once again, the first century disciples are about to learn afresh and anew that Satan's plans to defeat His church will be frustrated. The authorities are about to learn that no prison can hold those whom God wants released.
Charles H. Spurgeon, "It is easy to sing when we can read the notes by daylight; but the skillful singer is he who can sing when there is not a ray of light to ready by...Songs in the night come only from God; they are not in the power of man."
Job 35:10, "But no one says,'Where is God my Maker,
Who gives songs in the night."
Psalms 42:8, "The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me. A prayer to the God of my life."
This passage teaches me that:
I. PRAISE DOES NOT DEPEND ON
"Midnight Hour" - Motown; "Midnight Cry" – Church
music; "Songs in the Night" – Biblical Literature
Prayer and Praise are mighty weapons
Acts 4:23-31, "And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: 'Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: 'Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the LORD and against His Christ. For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Yo ...
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