Singing As We Go

Chic Broersma

Read: Psalm 137

How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? (v. 4)

My two-room school house is long gone, my high school building too. Grandpa’s farm was cut in half by an expressway. My boyhood church was sold and became, for a time, an antique store. As you read these words I dare say you’re thinking about changes in your own life. To be alive is to deal with change.

The world about us has changed so radically in recent decades that we find it a less congenial place than before to sing the Lord’s song. Our hymns, our professions of faith, celebrate an orderliness, a comforting rhythm of life that we don’t find once we step outside the church door. Still we go on singing expressing faith. No matter what things look like, our God is still in control. For some of us, the changes are close to home. A nagging physical ailment, a painful personal relationship, financial worries, or concerns for our children may quiet the music in our hearts. Yet we sing the Lord’s song by giving him our love and loyalty. We sing by believing God has a good plan for us, as he did for his people of old.

Not a few Hebrew captives believed they would again worship the Lord in the temple in Jerusalem. They did. The day came after 70 years. They returned to the Promised Land and rebuilt the temple. If we remain faithful to our Savior in our day, we too will sing the Lord’s song at home in heaven.

—Chic Broersma

Prayer: Redeemer God, my faith is in you.