Rev. Ray's November 16, 2021 Devotion
November 16, 2021, 10:12 AM

“…in the midst of the "church" I will sing praise unto thee.” -Hebrews 2:12

Charles Wesley once wrote, “Near Ripley, my horse threw and fell upon me. My companion thought I had broken my neck; but my leg only was bruised, my hand sprained, and my head stunned—which spoiled my making of hymns, or thinking at all, till the next day.”

I am amazed at the Christian stamina of the soldiers of the cross who blazed the trail for us. Wesley could have said “That’s it, end of the road, I quit,” but his concern was not his hurting body, but rather, the thought that a day might pass without writing a hymn of praise unto God.

Once when God’s people were captives away from home, they hung their harps in the willows and asked, “How can we sing the songs of Zion in a foreign land?” Job’s friend said that people were slow to ask, "Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night.” That got me to thinking, "When have I prayed for a song in my nights?"

We can never forget the examples of others like Paul and Silas who were beaten and thrown into a prison cell. At midnight they were singing the joy of the Lord. The last thing that Jesus and his disciples did before he entered Gethsemane’s agony was to sing a hymn. (Mark 14:26)

It is a great witness when our praise is greater than our pain. "In the night His song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life." Psalm 42:8

"You can have a song in your heart in the night,
After every trial, after every mile.
Anyone can sing when the sun is shining bright
but you need a song in your heart at night."

Grace and Peace, Rev Ray

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