n Acts 16 we read of Paul and Silas being thrown in prison in Philippi after commanding a demon to come out of a slave girl. We know from 2 Corinthians 11:23 that Paul was in prison many times. I am sure that it was not only this time in the Philippian prison that the Apostle gave himself to whole hearted praise and thanksgiving. It was from this same prison that he wrote these immortal words:
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! – Philippians 4:4
When Paul and Silas sang praises at midnight, the prison walls and chains were broken open by a divinely caused earthquake. It is interesting that though Paul was imprisoned many times, this one time alone it is recorded that God delivered him in such a supernatural way. It seems that this was Paul’s first time in prison. Perhaps there was special grace for this new situation.
Like Paul, though our circumstances may not change immediately or at all, we are to rejoice. As we praise Him, His presence is always close at hand.