I have been forever changed by a song. But it wasn’t a song that I was singing. It was a song someone else was singing. How can we not be touched by the song that Pastor Saeed was singing? Did you hear his words from his letter?
“Yesterday when I was singing worship songs, the head of my cell room attacked me in order to stop me from praising but in response I hugged him and showed him love. He was shocked.” (Pastor Saeed’s complete letter on SaveSaeed.org)
Pastor Saeed is singing in the darkness of an Iranian prison. But more than that, do you see the huge amount of power that came from that song of praise?
Do you see the Supernatural love, the Agape -unconditional, no-strings attached love? The ‘even when the Love is rejected and thwarted’ the love that keeps on loving kind of love? Do you see the power to react to great trial – with Love?
I think of the song that we sing often in our churches,
“Amazing Love, How can it be?
That You my King should die for me?…”
this Amazing Love is a ‘death to self continually’ and a ‘poured out, ‘caring about others’ kind of Love – this is God’s Love.
But don’t you see? Because of an attitude of praise in Pastor Saeed, we have a huge illustration of the Power of praise. Power to love with God’s love and not our own feeble love.
Doesn’t it make sense now why God would speak to us in His word to,
“Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you my become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.” Phil 2:14-16.
‘…in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.’
Isn’t it incredible that that is how the Lord appears to Pastor Saeed? He writes in his letter,
“I have often seen the Shining Morning Star in the darkness of this prison and I have seen His amazing and supernatural works. Oh, how beautiful is seeing the light of the Shining Morning Star of Christ in such evil darkness.”
And for us here in the States, God gave us a picture of all that beauty of the light in the reaction to an attack, with a hug! God’s grace and God’s love was extended through a man who wasn’t complaining about his situation, he wasn’t arguing, he was praising the Sovereign God who is in control of everything.
This is what the Lord is showing me again, there is huge power in praise.
Ps. 144 tells us,
“Blessed be the LORD my Rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
and my fingers for battle-
My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high Tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge…”
We are prepared for battle by training our hands and fingers on instruments as well, that lead us to praise the One who is able to help us!
“I will sing a new song to You, O God:”Psalm 144:9.
It’s not a ‘new song’ like we think, it’s a new attitude.
No arguing, no complaining – a new attitude of praise!
That is the message to the church. Remember, the church is just us ‘whoever’ people,the ‘whoever believes in Him’ people, not the buildings –
Maybe if we had an attitude of praise we would even see beauty in our dark world, perhaps our cup would become half full instead of half empty. Perhaps if we had an attitude of Praise we would believe for our children and our families and not fear,
“Psalm 144:12, “That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as pillars, Sculptured in palace style; that our barns may be full…”
that we would see the wonderful hand of God in everything that comes our way.And through the good, the bad, and even the ugly – that we would praise Him still and have the power to shine for Him…