Daily Archives: July 5, 2011

Josh. 7; Ps.137,138; Jer. 1; Matt. 15

1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
2 There on the poplars
we hung our harps,
3 for there our captors asked us for songs,
our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” Ps. 137:1-3

I love music and I love to sing. God has given us this amazing gift of song.  Songs pull at our heart in a way that not much else does.  They take the souls of the song writer and put them out there for us to see.  They lay vulnerable the musician in a way that the non-musician can never know.

I feel so blessed that God has given me a gift, and I can’t imagine not wanting to use it. I can’t imagine how those in exile in Babylon must have felt. Not wanting to sing their songs of Zion – the songs that made them joyful.  My study bible says their harps were “only tuned to mourning” because they felt they couldn’t be joyful given their exile.  Yet their captures forced them to sing the songs of Zion because they were tired of the mournful.

I can’t help but hope that was God’s plan.  I can’t help but hope, that even though the exiles felt they weren’t worthy enough to sing those joyful songs from better days, it made them feel a little better in their souls.  I know when I’m in a funk, singing lifts me up.  God gave me this gift – and He wants me to use it for His glory.  He wants me to use it to worship him. And I will do that for ever and ever!

Thank you God for this special gift. I pray that I will always use it to make you proud that you’ve given it to me.  In Jesus’ name. AMEN




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