LIFELINES

If I ever need a song ...

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 9/29/17

“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them” (Acts 16:25 KJV).

How did these two preachers wind up in jail? Actually, they were going about …

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LIFELINES

If I ever need a song ...

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“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them” (Acts 16:25 KJV).

How did these two preachers wind up in jail? Actually, they were going about doing good. Who knew that when they cast the spirit of divination from a young girl, they would be brought before the magistrates and, after their clothes were torn off, and were beaten, thrown into jail with their feet in stocks. What would you do?

Paul and Silas, at midnight, prayed and sang praises. God gave them a “song at midnight.”

Have you ever needed a song at midnight?

There is a song which describes this “darkest hour”: “In my darkest hour, ... when walking by faith is the only way; But if I ask of you one thing, that would be a song to sing, till once again I see the light of Day ... Lord give me a song to sing at midnight ... if I ever need a song, dear Lord, it’s then.”

Years ago in the 1940s, a group of women in a North Carolina church decided to go on the streets asking for mission funds. They all dressed in white and wore blue capes with their mission logos to signify what they were doing. They didn’t know you needed a permit. (Actually, permits may not have even been issued for such a thing in those years.)

Anyway, another group complained and the ladies were taken to the local jail in Greensboro. So what did they do? They started praying, singing and praising the Lord. The desk sergeant told another officer, “Go back there and tell those women to hush.”

The officer started back to the cell, but when he heard the noise, turned around and came back. “You go tell them,” he said.

Our “jail” may not be in a cell block. It may be the burdens of life — someone is suffering physically, there’s family trouble or financial woes, or heartbreak. For the one experiencing the “midnight,” it’s real and unbearable. Only God can give relief and deliverance.

Job, who lost everything and was berated by his wife even, gives his solution: “... Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night” (Job 35:10 KJV).

The Psalmist said in Psalm 42:8 KJV, “Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.”

And again in Psalm 77:6: “I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.”

Isaiah talks about a song in the night, also, in Isaiah 30:29 KJV: “Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel.”

Johnny Cash wrote a song titled “These Things Shall Pass,” which blessed me. It includes these inspiring phrases (go online and search for “These Things Shall Pass Lyrics-Metrolyrics): “These things shall pass and some great morning,” he wrote, “... look back and smile at heartaches we have known; don’t forget {in the shadows} The Lord our God is still the King upon His throne.”

And these words, especially, speaks to every discouraged heart: “A rose looks gray at midnight but the flame is just asleep; And steel is strong because it knew the hammer and white heat; These things shall pass and life be sweeter. When love and faith are strong they cannot long endure.”

“Lord, give me a song at midnight,” is my prayer.

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