Worship Notes

"Praise Him in the
Midnight Hour!"

Well, yesterday (September 9th) was my birthday.  I am now 26 years old, the father of a 12 day old baby girl, the owner of a brand new house that we bought just 4 or 5 months ago, and I have a brand new CD.  Plus, I already have a few record companies looking at my CD for possible distribution.  What an absolutely exciting time in my life and in my ministry!

But my life hasn't always been a walk in the park...not that it's a walk in the park now, but I can definitely say that God has been very good to me.  I have seen God's provision and direction in my life in a strong way, such as I have never seen before.  What an awesome God we serve! 

I believe that what got me through the darkest times and seasons of my life were the times I spent in praise and in worship.  There's nothing like getting into the Presence of God to eliminate worry, doubt, fear, depression, anxiety, and many other attacks of the enemy.

The Bible says to put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (or depression).  Praise is not just an act...it is a garment.  It is something you wear, something you walk around in.  True praise will break depression.  But true praise is praise that you wear like a garment, despite your circumstances.  It is a walk of faith and an attitude of perseverance, despite what the devil might throw at you.  Remember, Satan only messes with those that he feels are a threat to him and his kingdom.  So when the devil attacks your life, praise God!  Because it must mean that you are doing something right!

In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were imprisoned for preaching God's Word.  The Bible says that at the Midnight Hour they prayed and sang praises unto God.  They knew that praise was the answer to their problem.  There's an old saying that says, "Anyone can sing a tune on a clear day at noon."  But what God wants to know is whether you will still have that song of praise during a Midnight Hour situation.  Paul and Silas did, and because of it they were freed.  Your praise will free you just the same as it did for Paul and Silas.

I want to point out one thing about that verse of Scripture that I find very interesting.  It says that Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God and "the prisoners heard them".  If the prisoners heard them, that means that the prisoners were not praying and singing praises.  Only Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises.  But I find it very interesting to note that not only Paul and Silas' bands were loosed.  It says that everyone's bands were loosed.  That tells me that my praise may not only mean my own victory...it may mean victory for the person or persons around me.  The prisoners were not praying or praising, but they were freed just the same.

This week, encourage your congregation that their praise may not only bring their own victory...it may bring victory for the people around them.  Just as it did for Paul and Silas, their praise is a step of faith that God will honor.  Encourage your congregation to put on the garment of praise and wear it everywhere they go...even during the Midnight Hour!