Hello, God blessed me with something in Psalm 134:1 which says:
“Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord
who minister by night in the house of the Lord.”
In this passage, he is telling the servants of God to praise God! Those who ministered in the night were to praise God! God is worthy of praise. The Psalmist knew that, so he was telling them to worship God.
But he also mentions those who worship at night. As Christians, we should expect to be persecuted. We are going to go through the “night”, but we should still worship God for what He has done for us. In other countries, people minister at night as to not be found by those who oppose Christianity. More than 40 countries have Christians that are being persecuted. But, we will never be crushed in Christ:
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;” (2 Corinthians 4:8)
When we are persecuted, though, we can remember Jesus! We can remember what Jesus did for us: He came down and died in our place! He died on the cross with our sin on Him! Now, as we are persecuted, and mocked, we can remember that Jesus was persecuted and mocked, and He took our sins and died for us. The disciples rejoiced when they were persecuted:
“The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” (Acts 5:41)
Jesus was persecuted for us, and now we will be persecuted. But we can praise God, because we remember what Jesus did for us.
Dear Father in Heaven,
Thank You so much that You gave Your son to be persecuted and crucified for me. Thank You that I am Yours, and that I am persecuted for You. Please help me to rejoice whenever I am persecuted. Thank You for saving me from my sins! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland