By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, And those who plundered us requested mirth, Saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion”! Psalm 137 NKJV
Israel longs for the city of God and remains steadfast in captivity.
God delivered Israel from bondage. He exposed the uselessness of the false gods worshiped by the Egyptians. God’s people plundered them. They began the journey to a new home. The Lord could not take His people directly into the Land of Promise!
Israel grumbled and complained against God. They looked back to bondage in the land of sin instead of looking forward to the land flowing with milk and honey. They turned back to useless idols when God tested them with His eye lids!
Israel is taken into captivity again!
Israel wept for the land flowing with God’s goodness and pleasure. They put away the instruments of rejoicing. They refused to sing. They set themselves apart from wicked people. Only the land where God dwelled with His people could satisfy their souls!
How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill! If I do not remember you, Let my tongue cling to my mouth- If I did not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy. Vs 4-6
Having tasted the goodness of God in the land of blessing Israel could find no peace in bondage. The passing pleasures of sin could not replace the joy in Jerusalem. The false gods of the Babylonians provided no comfort or hope to God’s people.
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of My God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. Ps 84:10
The presence of God satisfies our souls in a way nothing else can!
There is no peace in the passing pleasures of sin. The false gods and idols of our day provide no comfort to those who have tasted the goodness of God. Nothing can replace the joy we find in Jesus!
God is calling us to remain steadfast in a world that has been taken captive. There is no joy in sin. There is no hope in idols. The joy of the Lord is our hope!
If you have been carried off into captivity by sin flee from it. You can return to God’s blessing and protection today!
Fill your heart and mind with God’s promises. Jesus will take you to a new home in eternity. It will flow with much more than just milk and honey. God’s presence will satisfy our souls forever!
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