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21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labour for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me.
Note Paul’s concern for God’s glory and his contempt for his own comfort and his confidence in God’s control.
The place he was in was not only difficult but dangerous. Life or death were equally possible and Paul was ready for either. Yes, he was in a difficult place, but it wasn’t the first time he had sung praises in prison. May we in our difficult situations learn to sing like Paul.
Use these songs as prayers: “Have Thine own way, Lord.”
“When I feel the touch”
“Change my heart, O God.”
“As the deer pants for the water”