June 8th, 2018
Singing About the Lord in Captivity
Psalm 137:3-4 (KJB) For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. 4 How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?
These scripture verses are speaking of a time when the Israelite’s, God’s chosen people, were taken captive for seventy years. This captivity was a result of their repeated choice to be disobedient and sin against God.
God cannot just ignore sin and especially repeated disobedience in the life of a child of God. It brought a prison sentence for these ancient adults lasting for their lifetime. Only the younger generation would be able to escape from captivity, but for the elders, there was no escaping this awful imprisonment and enslavement at the hands of their spiritual enemy.
In the end, they had chosen to remain enslaved in their “pet sins” rather than for serving God.
Sin always has a stronghold on the heart of a man, but God can rip apart any spiritual hold to free any man or woman who desire hear and receive the still small voice of God and choose to repent from their sin and act in agreement with God.
However, despite their choice to serve their favorite sin, God’s chosen people had a perpetual song playing in their heart. Even when the times were so dark and difficult on the outside, their hearts were spiritually tuned into the presence of the goodness and mercy of God. It’s true, God does not desire for a man to pout during unpleasant circumstances or because of the lasting consequences of their choice to sin, whether the results are temporary or permanent in nature lasting a lifetime.
In fact, God gives mankind everything necessary to stand up in His power and strength and remain spiritually tall and stout despite any untoward conditions about him.
What about you, can you sing with joy to the Lord in your circumstances? Especially when they are desperate and downright miserable? And who are you choosing to serve this day, God or god?
Singing to God is always easier in pleasant and palatable situations, but it says a lot about the spiritual heart condition of a person, when he can sing grandly to God all the while withstanding captivity, strong rain, and a plethora of spiritual storms, some because of the consequences of his sin, because he knows his eternal future will be filled with abundant rewards, blessings, and the eternal brightness of God.