Psalm 137:4 How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?
“Does anyone know where the phone is?” You would not have heard that question in the average house in the 1970’s. It was on the wall with a cord hooked to it so you could not walk very far away. However, today with cordless phones in use where people still use landline phone systems, we have an entire new set of problems. Someone gets talking and wandering around the house. When they are done with their phone call they just hang up and lay the phone down wherever they are. The next person who wants to use the phone must hunt for it. Well, the developers of these devises knew this would happen, so they added a feature that allows us to hunt for them a little easier. With the push of a button at the phones recharging base, the remote receiver begins to play a distinctive little ring, tone, or song. All you have to do now is begin to listen and follow the tune until you find the receiver. Now you can talk with whomever you want.
Our verse today asks the question, “How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?” Another way of looking at this phrase would be, “how could I sing if I cannot hear the music.” Being so far away from where they longed to be it seemed hard to be joyous and sing the songs of praise. It is that way for us today too. It may seem hard at times to sing the joyous wonderful songs of the love of God when our hearts are hurting or broken. However, when we begin to sing something miraculous happens. The more we sing with our heart, the closer the Lord seems to draw near to our need. We need Him and the music will often help us find Him in our trials. It is sort of like the example of the phone. We need to be near the phone to talk, but getting near to the receiver often requires that we listen for the melody it plays. Listen to the sweet New Song God has placed in your heart. It will help you find God during your darkest times.
When we received Christ as Saviour, He placed a new song in our heart. It is a song of joy, peace, and rejoicing. Find that tune again and begin to sing. “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart….” Can you hear God on the other end of the line now? He has been there all along
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Kings 3, 4 / Psalm 137 / Proverbs 17 / Revelation 2
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Chron. 8-9 / John 18:1-18
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