Don't let what you are going through stop you from praising the Lord. Don't let the darkness. Don't let the chains. Don't let the threats. Don't let anything steal your praise. He is worthy of it no matter what you are going through and no matter what you are facing. It doesn't matter how dark your present situation is, it doesn't matter how impossible it seems, it doesn't matter how painful it is, He is still worthy to be praised.
Paul and Silas didn't let the fact that they had been beaten stop them from praising the Lord. They didn't let the midnight hour stop them. They didn't let the chains, or the jailer or the other prisoners stop them. They didn't let the threats of further beatings stop them from praising the Lord. They didn't let their captivity stop them. They could have sat there with their mouths closed. They could have murmured and complained about their situation. They could have accused God and gotten angry at Him for "letting" this happen to them- after all, they were preaching and ministering for Him. But they didn't-- they prayed and sang praises. They did what they always did. They prayed and praised in the prison just like they did when they were in the churches. Their location and their suffering didn't change a thing-- the Lord is still worthy of praise.
Don't let your situation steal the praise from your lips that God so deserves. You may be "swallowing" your own key to release and victory but keeping your mouth closed instead of opening it to praise Him. It wasn't until after Paul and Silas praised the Lord that the prison shook and their chains fell off.
Have a great day. Regardless of your situation, the Lord is still worthy of your praise. Don't withhold it, because it may be your very key to freedom and victory.
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