In A Foreign Land
Today’s scripture selection: Psalms 137-139
Key verses: Psalm 137:1-5
Some years ago I worked with our church’s youth camps. Part of our daily routine was to sing camp songs. Many of these songs were silly little things – complete with silly actions designed to get the kids laughing and interacting. But some of the songs were quite beautiful; calming.
One in particular that I remember was based on these verses from Psalm 137:
“By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land? If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.”
It’s a song about being in exile; about trying to be faithful to God in a “foreign” land. And how, even when we feel abandoned or lost we “remember” who we are – and to Whom we belong.
It’s a haunting idea.
What one of us can’t identify with that feeling? It’s that sense of somehow, oddly, being an orphan or of being a “pilgrim just passing through” on our way to the Promised Land.
Life here and now can have its beautiful moments – there’s no need to deny that.
But it’s important to always remember and affirm that this is not our final destination.
And, when we recall that, we can find strength for the times that are anything but beautiful.
When you feel as if you are in “exile” and that no one understands – you can draw upon your faith and conviction that God has not, and will never, forget about you.
So find your voice. Sing – even while in a foreign land. Sing the Lord’s song – and find peace.
Prayer: Thank you Lord, for giving my faith voice. AMEN.
In A Foreign Land