SONG: My husband and kiddos are probably weary of my shouting “That’s my jam!” in the car, in the kitchen, or wherever I am when a song I enjoy comes on. The simultaneous beauty and danger of Pandora Radio is that a jam emerges with nearly every song I hear. 🙂 This week I want to share one of my favorite current jams with you. Zach Williams’ Chain Breaker has a decidedly country-music twang to it. But the real showstopper is these lyrics…
If you’ve got pain,
He’s a Pain Taker.
If you feel lost,
He’s a Way Maker.
If you need freedom or saving,
He’s a Prison-Shaking Savior.
If you’ve got chains,
He’s a Chain Breaker.
I get all jazzed up when I hear this song. It’s a minivan praise party, one hand on the wheel, one hand up in worship, crooning unto the Lord situation, folks. My kids sing along with me as I remember my own encounters with the Pain Taker, Way Maker, Prison-Shaking Savior, Chain Breaker. The hopelessly unhip outward appearance of this rolling jukebox Praisemobile is of no concern to me. I’m a new creation – redeemed, restored, joyful and content.
SCRIPTURE: These lyrics beg for several scriptures, but I will opt to share the story of Paul and Silas, locked up in jail for their work in the name of Jesus. They were in a hopeless situation: condemned, oppressed and without any way out. In Acts 16, the Prison-Shaking Savior shows up:
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 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.
Upon the busting open of the prison, the jailer fell down in fear, afraid that the prisoners might dash out of the place and he would be killed by the magistrate for letting them go. Paul and Silas assured him that they were still there, and the jailer asked what he might do to be saved. Instead of running for it while they could, Paul and Silas stayed and shared the Gospel message. The jailer and his household were converted and baptized that very night. The next morning, the magistrates called for the release of Paul and Silas. Read the whole account in Acts 16.
The point is, friends, that in your darkest time, at your lowest point, God sees you and knows your pain. Pay attention to Paul and Silas’ response to their imprisonment. They were found “praying and singing hymns to God” in the midst of their trials. Be encouraged! In your deepest difficulty, if you will turn to Him, call on His name, and praise Him in the midst of your mess, He will hear. He will draw near. Do not give in to self-pity and complaining. Rather, lift up the Name Above All Names, JESUS, who allowed you to wake up this morning and draw breath. Trust and believe that He will walk with you in your hard times. Be blessed!
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You know my pain. You know the trials I am up against. I feel overwhelmed and I know that I need you. Be with me and be my Pain Taker, Way Maker, Prison-Shaking Savior and Chain Breaker. You are mightily able and You love me, and that is all that matters. I trust you and believe that You will either change my situation or bring peace to my spirit in the midst of this trial. I love You. AMEN.
Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.