Refresh My Soul!

The law of the LORD is perfect, refreshing the soul.  

We tend to think of laws as rules and regulations that limit our freedom.  We resent when others place demands on us.  Perhaps there is something that Jesus commands us to do but we find ourselves recoiling against it.  We think that if we follow his teachings, our individuality will be stamped out, or we will be deprived of joy or pleasure in some way.  It is hard to understand, but in fact joy is found in doing God’s will.  Think of the saints who sang unceasing hymns to God even when they were in the midst of deep suffering.  Something was sustaining them, allowing them the ability to rejoice in God.   One of the most moving scenes in the Bible is in the Acts of the Apostles, in which Paul and other believers were imprisoned for preaching the Gospel.  Let us stop to recall this scene, right when the townspeople are bringing Paul and his companions in front of the local authorities.  

They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These people are Jews and are disturbing our city and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us Romans to adopt or practice.” The crowd joined in the attack on them, and the magistrates had them stripped and ordered them to be beaten with rods. After inflicting many blows on them, they threw them into prison and instructed the jailer to guard them securely.  When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and secured their feet to a stake. About midnight, while Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened, there was suddenly such a severe earthquake that the foundations of the jail shook; all the doors flew open, and the chains of all were pulled loose. 

Clearly, sincere and heartfelt praise to God has power.  It has power to make miracles happen.  Prayer and praise can connect us to God and bring us joy.  You may think you are seeking security, pleasure, or prosperity, but in fact your soul is seeking joy.  Joy is a gift that transcends all earthly circumstances.  In fact, “Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.”  Today, praise God, no matter what chains are weighing you down.  Be assured that God will hear your prayers and break the chains of sin in your life.

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One Response to “Refresh My Soul!”

  1. Adam Says:

    Great post, Paul. Keep up the great work.

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