Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His,
we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations.
Love the LORD, all His saints!
The LORD preserves the faithful, but the proud He pays back in full. Psalm 31:23
They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings–and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.
But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night.’
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord. Ephesians 5:19
Fear none of those things which you will suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and you shall have tribulation ten days: be faithful unto death, and I will give you a crown of life.
I know where you live–where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to My name. You did not renounce your faith in Me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city–where Satan lives.
Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.
They do it to get a crown that will not last;
but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
1 Corinthians 9:25
“Please test your servants for ten days:
Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.”
So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
In the night I remember Your name, O LORD, and I will keep Your law. Psalm 119:55
What then shall we say, brothers?
When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation.
All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And they sang a new song:
“You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slain, and with Your blood You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”
1 Corinthians 14:26, Colossians 3:16, Revelation 5:9
He that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Our great desire is that you will keep on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.
Hebrews 11:6, Hebrews 6:11-12
In Acts 16, we read of the faithful endurance of Paul and Silas in Prison and how God not only delivered them but set free their fellow prisoners and the jailer and his whole family. The purpose of our trials, tests and tribulations is to be of good cheer to demonstrate the never ending love of God that fails not for nothing can separate us from His great love that laid down Himself for us. Jesus already told us that in the world we would have much tribulations but to be of good cheer for He has overcome the world! It’s only a matter of time and what’s that in light of Eternal life with Him?
Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future.
She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting,
“These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.”
She kept this up for many days.
Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit,
“In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!”
At that moment the spirit left her.
When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities.
They brought them before the magistrates and said,
“These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods.
After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully.
When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.
Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.
The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.
But Paul shouted,
“Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.
He then brought them out and asked,
“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.
When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order:
“Release those men.”
The jailer told Paul,
“The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released.
Now you can leave. Go in peace.”
But Paul said to the officers:
“They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”
The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed.
They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city.
After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left.