“How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?” (Psalm 137:4)
In this fast paced world in which we are carried away captive by workloads and schedules, burdens and heartaches, anxiety and frustration, it is very easy to lose our perspective ….
The primary can become secondary. What’s most important may be ignored while the least important is highlighted. In despair, we may reach an all-time low and in silence we sit ….
Before, we were making music and singing to ourselves and out loud for others to hear. Now the song is gone. In short, we lose our song ….
When God’s people were taken away captive from their own country, they wept as they “remembered Zion” and in despair, they hung their harps in the willow trees along the rivers of Babylon.
The captors then required of them a song saying, “sing us one of the songs of Zion.” The captives responded with a question: “How can we sing the songs of Zion in a strange land.”
They truly had lost their focus, yet the God who had been with them in the past was still with them in their present circumstance. Singing in a strange and foreign land is not easy, but it is what is required ….
As the world becomes more unstable, made visible by riots, revolts, senseless murders, and racial divisions, we can easily become captive to the world around us and forget the only ONE who has been with us all along ….
The present threat of uncontrollable viruses sends a fear that undermines both our faith and our focus. In addition, economic uncertainty grips the hearts of virtually everyone around us. Terrorist attacks occur almost daily around our world. We must not lose heart. When despair sets in, our song may leave. We may be tempted to give up or give in to the pressures around us. Our song is silenced by our surroundings ….
Right now, the most important thing we can do is to sing the songs of Zion in this strange land. Remember there are those around us who do not know our God. Put your eyes back on the Lord and begin to sing again. Was there a song in your heart today? If not, can you muster one up for tomorrow?
There is someone God will put in your path that may be hopeless in their circumstances. The Lord will use us to minister to them as we take our stand and sing the songs of Zion in this strange land ….
I challenge you to read (Psalm 137:1-4) and seek after your song