Psalm 137:1-7 TPT
THE SONG OF OUR CAPTIVITY
Along the banks of Babylon’s rivers
we sat as exiles, mourning our captivity,
and wept with great love for Zion.
Our music and mirth were no longer heard, only sadness.
We hung up our harps on the willow trees.
Our captors tormented us, saying, “Make music for us and
sing one of your happy Zion-songs!”
But how could we sing the song of the Lord
in this foreign wilderness?
May my hands never make music again
if I ever forget you, O Jerusalem.
May I never be able to sing again if I fail to honor Jerusalem supremely!
And Lord, may you never forget…
I have been thinking of this Psalm this week as I daily experience living in a post Christian culture. Don’t get me wrong, I am not hanging my harp on a willow, but I like many of you, long for a righteous agenda to prevail again in our beloved nation. While many are chanting hatred for this nation and our liberties, I think of the times I have spent overseas in third world countries. I would venture to guess 80% of the world’s population would leave their home right now for the opportunity to live here.
I remember the young people clinging to our mission team begging us to take them back to America with us. One young man, in South Africa, offered my wife seven cows if he could marry one of our daughters so that we would bring him to America. I remember one young man who was a pilot in the Island of St Lucia…when he found out our church had a small plane he told me, “please take me to America and I’ll be your pilot for free!”
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful , but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,… NKJV
Covid 19 has caused 1 in 3 church members to no longer attend or participate in their church either in person or online according to the Barna statistics released today. Online attendance diminished 45% during the lockdown of the average church. Thank God we are not average! Churches are being targeted by the government and media as the main culprits in the spread of Covid 19. They never a mention the box stores, or protests.
For the last 50 years the true prophets have warned of the destruction of our beautiful nation, and now we are seeing such division, hate and such exaltation of immorality it is possible we won’t recover! But, good news! Our Kingdom is not of this world and Jesus is not moved and we will not be moved either! We want peace on earth, but realize the Lord brought a sword. We want the blessing of being a majority, but remember only the remnant shall be saved!
So we pick up our sword of the Spirit and we fight daily for our salvation and our righteousness which is only in Christ, and our peace and joy which are only found in Him!
Remember the words He left us with:
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation ; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” NKJV
He overcame the world, and He lives in us. As long as we remain in Him and obedient to His word, we will overcome too, and with great peace! Wht a mighty God we serve!
- Date - July 22, 2020