READ : Psalm 137:1- 4
How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? (v. 4)
How cruel: the Babylonians forced exiled Jews to sing the hymns of their homeland. “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” they taunted. What a painful, humiliating ordeal. “How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” asks the psalmist.
The issue here is not: Can you sing happy songs when you’re feeling blue? The issue is: Do you have a faith that can travel? When circumstances change, does your faith go with you and support you in new circumstances? Or does your faith dry up and die when circumstances change for the worse?
Maybe you have been exiled to a foreign land. The loss of a spouse. Or a child. An illness or injury. Divorce. You may still live in the same house on the same street, but everything is different.
Your circumstances may have changed, but God hasn’t changed. Even in our times of frustration and failure, God is leading us still. Even in our times of suffering and pain, God is loving us still.
It is hard to sing the Lord’s song in our exile. But if we abandon our faith in tough times we dishonor the saints and martyrs who have gone before us, and we betray the Christ who is right there in exile with us.
Lord, increase my faith.