Apostles Sang Hymns To God While In Prison

Brother Yun's attitude of praising God in songs even while he suffered imprisonment at several times for no real crime, did not only give him strength in times of weakness but was also a witness to other inmates and even guards of the mighty Power that resided in him.

Following excerpt from 22% into Living Water by Brother Yun, Paul Hattaway
King David also learned the power of praise during his darkest moments. The Psalms record how David worshiped the Lord even though people were plotting to murder him. David understood the power of praising God, even while under tremendous pressure and danger. He was able to declare, “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Ps. 34:1 kjv). Later in the same psalm, he dips into his personal experience and shares, “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken” (Ps. 34:19–20).

During the years I spent in prison, I had many times when I felt weak, but it was never too long before the Holy Spirit encouraged me and caused me to sing praises to Jesus. My favorite song was “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise Him in the morning. Praise Him in the evening. I will always praise Him!”

Prison was such a dark and depressing place that my sincere joy and positive attitude caught the attention of other prisoners. They knew there was something in me that allowed me to rise above the circumstances, and they wanted to know what it was. This opened countless doors of opportunity to share the gospel, and many of my fellow inmates, as well as guards, were saved by the grace of God.

Whenever you worship Jesus, the presence and glory of God come. When the glory of God comes, everything changes, for “the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17).

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