“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” Acts 16:25
On the night my father died, our family gathered in his room. After weeks of battling physical ailments, death was near. While we did not grieve as those who had no hope, we still grieved. And we sang.
As we circled the room where our family patriarch was dying, we sang hymns and choruses of faith. It felt like midnight in our souls, which made it a good time to worship. It is good to worship the Lord in the pleasant days and it is good to worship the Lord in the stormy nights. It is good to worship the Lord at noontime and it is good to worship the Lord at midnight. The Lord is worthy to be praised in all these moments.
There is power to worship. It reminds us of who the Lord is. Notice, Paul and Silas sang to God. It was directed to Him. In worship we see more clearly who the Lord is. We sing of His greatness and His glory. We are reminded that He is worthy of our songs and our prayers.
If it feels like midnight in your soul, it is a good time to worship. Never is the time better for you to pray and sing. Tears may roll while you sing. Sobs may interrupt your prayers. But worship is needed at midnight. Your soul needs the refreshing perspective of worship. Your spirit needs the connection that comes only through prayer and singing. Midnight is an opportunity to worship.
-Except from “Immersed: 40 Days to a Deeper Faith” by Doug Munton.