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Topic: Rejoicing (11/22/04)

TITLE: I Will Praise the Lord
By Mitzi Busby


In the cool of the night, deep in the dark, damp dungeon, many of the prisoners were trying to sleep as they ached from severe beatings. It was a favorite past-time of the guards to take turns punching the captives. Hunger pangs stung them within, as their plight seemed hopeless. In the distance, James the Beggar could hear what sounded like singing. He must be out of his mind in his misery because no one would be singing under these conditions. The darkness and hopelessness seemed to be closing in, when James recognized a song of praise. It was Paul and Silas. The two messengers had been calling out in the streets, telling about Godís love when they were imprisoned. The two were laughing joyfully. The believers knew that the Lord knows how to save those who serve Him when trouble comes. (2 Peter 2:9) Their voices rang out and a sweet joyful fragrance echoed within the damp walls. The messengersí strength was renewed as the joy welled up inside their very beings.

The chains that bound Paul and Silas loosed as they lifted up their voices. Paul and Silas were free from bondage, although they never were held captive in their hearts. James too was free from the shackles. He sprung to his feet in amazement. Cheers and laughter filled the prison. The prisoners could not believe what was taking place.

It is true that it is often darkest before the dawn. Weeping may endure for the night, but joy always comes in the morning. The pit is nothing more than the place where the Master reaches to take the miry clay used to form us into what He has in mind for us to become. The light always beams down into the pit. You must only look up.

No matter what the future holds, I will praise the Lord.

Member Comments
Member Date
Chris Miller11/29/04
Interesting personal interpretation of a familiar Biblical passage.
Karri Compton11/29/04
If we all could only praise the Lord in the midst of such dire circumstances! Thanks for the reminder. Blessings, Karri
A B11/29/04
Thankyou. I really enjoyed reading this. The first part took me to that prison cell and I needed to be reminded of the latter.
Pam Williams11/29/04
We all could learn this lesson from Paul and Silas. Thank you for the wonderful reminder!
Lucian Thompson11/29/04
Praise Him indeed, Mitzi. Love the Bible stories.
John Hunt11/29/04
Wonderful article. You're the second person to quote Psalm 30:5, it's one of my favorit verses.
Nicely done.
Lois Jennison Tribble12/01/04
Effective opening and closing--a great message well-stated. Thank you, Mitzi!
Sandra Clayton12/02/04
A second message for me as I read these tonight...I've been going through some "weeping times" lately and am waiting for the "joy in the morning"! Thanks.
Tesiri Moweta12/03/04
There's really nothing like being pointed back to the word of God especially in uncomfortable situations.Thanks for reminding us about rejoicing.You have written a very beautiful piece.God bless you.
Keep winning and shining for Jesus.
David&Dee Jobes05/25/05
Wow ,Mitzi Amazing Anointed Writing. How True as we Praise Him in the trials God shines His Light into the Pit.
Beautiful depth in your Anointed Writing precious One. You are so Loved by Him. I See Our Heavely Father's Heart in You!!! As you shared in Your Biography;
You were Born to Praise Him!!! And that you do so beautifuly through your Words of Healing and Songs of Praise!
Continue in His Grace as You write for His Glory. Through Your Anointed writings He is bringing souls closer to the Father's Heart.

In Jesus Love, your Sister Dee:)
((((HOLY HUGS)))))
"Numbers 6:24,25,26"