Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! (Acts of the Apostles 16:25, 26 NLT)
What is in your mouth? Praise or grumbling and complaining? Does your praise life have enough momentum that it causes an earthquake? Think about it…Paul and Silas had every reason to complain. They had been beaten, were cold, damp, hungry, locked in stocks, couldn’t move around, probably standing in their own excrement and what do we find them doing? Not grumbling, not yelling, not complaining, but singing hymns and praising God! Seriously? Yes, that is what they were doing. Exactly. Singing. Praising, Worshipping with all their hearts! Can you imagine? And all the other prisoners were thinking, “Are you guys crazy? How could you worship God in a time like this?” People might think that of you too! “What? You are praising God in a time like this?” “Yes! That’s exactly what I am doing, praising God and putting my genuine happy face on.” People may think you are crazy too, but what does it matter?!? Wouldn’t you rather be happy than sad? Paul and Silas’ victory came because of what was in their mouth. It was because their hearts were full of God and what you are full of, will come out.
When your world is seemingly falling apart ( and I dare say none of us have it as bad as Paul and Silas), what is in your mouth? I can tell you your situation would turn around if you would begin worshipping and praising.
I remember one time my heart was so heavy. I was very saddened over a situation in our church. The spirit of grief was laying on me like a heavy blanket. But instead of crying and moping I would go Into our sanctuary and just begin lifting up the name of Jesus. All by myself, I would walk around praising him and praising Him. When suddenly my sadness turned to gladness. My mourning turned to dancing. My gloominess turned to joyfulness. My tears to laughter! Really, I would actually begin laughing, all by myself. I know it sounds silly, but that is exactly what would happen. Truly, I would be transformed in the atmosphere I created through praise! However, it took more than once. I would daily find myself hungering for this joy and I knew how to get it, so into His presence I would go! Try it, you’ll like it!
What are you facing? What kind of trial or problem? Nothing is so big or so bad that It will not melt in the presence of God. Praise changes you and the way you look at things. The higher the mountain, the more praise needs to go on. So, again I ask you, what is in your mouth?