“Will you let your chains break your praise,
or your praise break your chains?” …
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?” – Acts 16:25-30
When you praise God in the middle of a storm (instead of Google, complain, gossip, worry or fear) you do two things: Your praise shows your faith and it moves the heart of God to act on your behalf. And? Those around you see that peace that passes all understanding, they see God moving to break the chains and set you free, they will often end up wanting what you have. When they ask how you are so strong? How you have this crazy peace that passes all understanding? Tell them about Jesus…
I may be in the middle of a storm, but I know the one who walks on water!